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Matthew 6:25

Posted 11/18/21, by Dan Vis

The Bible is full of good counsel about how to manage our money successfully. And if we follow those principles, it will definitely contribute to greater prosperity.

But in the Sermon on the Mount we've been studying, what really counts is not what's happening at the bank, but what's happening in the heart. Which makes money an incredible test, an indicator, of our spiritual condition.

Our next verse highlights that point in a very powerful way:

Matthew 6:25
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Here Jesus says, we shouldn't be worried about we are going to make ends meet. But this is not an easy thing to practice. Yes, when things are going well, it's easy to say we trust God. But when things get tight, and we're not sure how we're going to make some payment--it's hard to not feel stressed.

Over the course of my life, we've always put ministry first--and for years worked at missionary wages. And as a result there were many times we just didn't know how things were going to work out. We professed faith God would provide--but my troubled heart was proof, in fact, I doubted.

Even so, we saw God work miracles large and small, time and time again: often a gift or donation that came in at just the right time and at just the right amount. Or some other "coincidental" provision or blessing. I could tell you many stories. You probably have some too. But these didn't instantly cure of my unbelief.

Only gradually did I learn to really trust. I guess I was like the disciples as described in Luke 24:45Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,, a bit foolish "and slow of heart to believe". Even still, I sometimes have to reach out and ask for greater faith.

But we have good reasons to trust, don't we? God somehow gives food for the fowls of the air. He provides clothing for the lilies of the field. And, we're of far greater value to Him than either birds or flowers. Our heavenly Father knows we need these things, and He cares.

Besides, what does worrying accomplish? Many aspects of life are wholly beyond our control. After all, "which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?" (Matthew 6:27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?) Each day has trouble enough--and we're better off focusing on what we can do right now, today (Matthew 6:34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.). In the end, things pretty much always work out, don't they?

So learn to not worry about financial pressures. Use stress as an indicator there is a need to grow in faith, grow in trust. Strive to look with anticipation for the miracle God is going to work to resolve your situation.

God is still alive and well. Use financial pressures to teach you lessons of faith and trust. It's a great way to discover if you truly believe.

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Posted by Dan Vis on 11/19/21
That's awesome Julienne! It's always a blessing to hear testimonies of how the Lord provides! Stay encouraged. :)
Posted by Julienne Moore on 11/19/21
Interesting, this topic discussion is very timely. I have financial difficulties that I’m challenged with often, however right now it’s become more difficult. I have prayed that God would accommodate a border to make ends meet, and He has just answered that prayer. Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/18/21
That's an important point Kathryn. It's not how much we have, but how well we manage what we do have. Thanks for mentioning that!

It's hard at the time Valerie, but it does build faith doesn't it? I've always been amazed at how slow I am to learn sometimes. And how quick to forget! :)

You're very welcome Karen. We can exercise our faith in any situation, and about anything that causes us stress--money is just one area. But it's a big one. :)

Thanks for the link Laurie. I know Matt from years ago, but have lost track of him. What a treat to see him online. He's very gifted...
Posted by Laurie Wissink on 11/18/21
Great counsel!
This song is appropriate for this morning's blog.
Posted by Karen Yang on 11/18/21
Amen! I like your point that if we feel stressed financially it is an indicator there is a need to grow in faith and grow in trust. Thanks for the thought, pr. Vis!
Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 11/18/21
I have had my share of stress from financial scarcity. Those were incredibly stressful times. And yes, God’s provision brought me through them. I have beautiful memories of how He provided for me and my young children through ways that only He could have done.

I value your counsel for us to use the times of financial difficulties to see how He is working in our lives for He most assuredly is doing that.   
Posted by Kathryn D. Search on 11/18/21
What I want to be sure of is that what I do have, in finances and material goods, is used to his glory. I don't like it when I let food spoil, or end up with buying items that are not really needed. I know I have done that, and I know that makes me accountable. May the Lord forgive, and I improve.   

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