It’s All in the Details…or is it?
Not many people have a ton of money straight out of high school. Even with a full-time job, the pay was still very low. It always seemed like I never had money for anything. Then, the credit cards began to rack up. Finances are one of the most anxiety-inducing situations anyone will ever experience. It’s easy to get caught up in the frustration and fears of not knowing what it going to happen next. So, what does the Bible say about these scenarios and how can we feel the peace that passes understanding?
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6: 31-33 NIV)
The entire context (Matthew 6: 25-34) talks about the birds and flowers and how they do not do anything, yet God takes care of them. So much more does He take care of us! If we trust in Him, He will provide us with what we need. Maybe not what we want, but He will give us our necessities.
Many people do not tithe because they worry about their finances. I’m not going to debate whether one should or shouldn’t tithe here, but I will tell you about my experience.
Earlier, I mentioned that I didn’t have money to do anything. That was true. I didn’t. Because of that, I didn’t give any portion of my earnings to God. But one day, my cousin (also a pastor’s daughter) moved into an apartment with me. We put our money together, made a budget (with a 10% tithe off the top), and paid the bills, filled our gas tanks, bought groceries. By the time everything was said and done, we had $2.00 in the bank.
That $2.00 lasted two weeks (until our next paycheck). It was the most amazing thing. How was that even possible? I never had enough money to do anything before. I said I didn’t tithe because I didn’t have the money. Was it truly just the opposite? Maybe I didn’t have the money because I didn’t tithe.
The moral is: When you trust God, He will provide.