Are You Stressed Out About Money?
‘…I am the Lord…who teaches you to profit…’ Isaiah 48:17 NAS
The best way to overcome financial anxiety is by trusting God to meet all your needs. You say, ‘That’s nice, but what does God know about my business?’ More than you think! He’s the CEO of the whole world. When it comes to successful systems, nobody knows more than He does. He created the universe in precise order. He asks Job: ‘Can you lead forth a constellation in its season…?’ (Job 38:32 NAS) If one star could move even just a little out of orbit without His permission, the whole thing would dissolve into cosmic chaos. Yet when He needs to move a star, He can do it like He did for the wise men that first Christmas. Wall Street could learn a thing or two from Him! Here’s part of His résumé: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.’ (Isaiah 48:17 NAS)
If you want to become more profitable, go into partnership with God. Does that mean you can just stay home from work, go fishing, and God will pay your mortgage? No, God doesn’t reward laziness and inefficiency! The story’s told of a pastor who stopped by to admire the garden of one of his parishioners. ‘Isn’t God’s handiwork wonderful?’ he said. The parishioner thought about it for a moment and then replied, ‘Yeah, but you should have seen it when God had it all by Himself.’ Understand this:
(1) You’ve got to get up and go to work.
(2) You’ve got to consult God before you make decisions.
(3) You’ve got to honour God with your tithes and offerings (Malachi 3:8-12).
(4) When you’ve done your best, you’ve got to trust God with the rest.