As I sit here writing, I can’t help but notice how pervasive the gloomy economic forecast has become. It’s as if everywhere you turn, the news is bombarding you with stories of financial hardships and skyrocketing prices. And it’s not just a theory; a simple trip to the grocery store is enough to confirm these fears. Everything seems to come with a higher price tag these days, making it hard to ignore the creeping sense of worry and anxiety that can easily consume us.
But amidst this economic turmoil, I’ve found solace in an unexpected place – God’s Word.
Turning to the scriptures has revealed a treasure trove of biblical principles that offer a refreshing perspective on our financial well-being, not to mention some truly good news!
You see, instead of succumbing to stress and worry, Girl, God wants us to place our trust in Him – a divine reminder that might just change the way we approach our finances.
So, let’s delve into God’s wisdom and ask ourselves, “What does the Bible say about finances?”
Brace yourself because the answers might just revolutionize the way we navigate this ever-changing financial landscape.
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Let’s hit it! What does the Bible say about finances?
First and foremost, the Bible says to render your tithes. I know it can seem hard to do, but you don’t have a choice if you want to fix your finances.
First and foremost, the Bible says to pay your tithes. I know it can seem hard to do, but you don’t have a choice if you want to fix your finances.
What is recession anyway?
A recession is when the economy takes a big hit, and everything goes downhill. It’s like a major slump in the economy, with less money being spent, fewer jobs available, and everything just slowing down. Just like water weight, recessions happen naturally as part of the ups and downs of the economy, and they happen when people start feeling cautious about spending, businesses hold back on investing, and the whole economic output shrinks. It can be caused by things like people losing confidence in the economy, having too much debt, or unexpected economic shocks. Check out Investopedia for more information.
That is what a recession is, but what does the Bible say about finances?
The Bible says the opposite of what most people say!
Christian Sister, when times get tough, the first thing we think to do is to hold tight to every penny. We stop spending frivolously (which is good), we save a pocket of money (which is great), and we stop giving money to the church (which is insane!)
When people hit hard financial times, the first thing they do is stop giving to the Lord. Notice I said, “giving to the Lord and that the church.” Although it is the same thing, I think we lose sight of the fact that when we give to the church, we are actually supporting God’s vision. We are giving, in fact, to the Lord.
It is foolish to think god will not provide for his people when we give to him. In fact, this insanity. How much more will he give to us when we obey Him? He’s promised to provide for us and be our Jehovah Jireh. He is our Provider.
As Christians, we are commanded to tithe and offer our gifts to Him. I write about that in detail here.
Here are some great examples of how God provides during “recessions” or hard times in the world:
- Joseph in Egypt (Genesis 41): One of the most well-known stories of God’s provision in famine is the account of Joseph in Egypt. God granted Joseph the ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams about seven years of abundance followed by seven years of severe famine. Joseph’s wise counsel allowed Egypt to store grain during the plentiful years, ensuring there was enough to sustain not only the Egyptians but also Joseph’s family when they came seeking food during the famine.
- The Widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17): During a severe drought and famine in the land, the prophet Elijah was sent by God to a widow in Zarephath. Despite having only a handful of flour and a little oil left, the widow obeyed Elijah’s instructions to make him a small cake first. Miraculously, her flour and oil did not run out throughout the entire famine, sustaining both Elijah and the widow and her son.
- Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 1-4): The book of Ruth depicts a story of God’s provision in the midst of hardship. Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi faced famine and loss but eventually found themselves in Bethlehem during the barley harvest. Through a series of events orchestrated by God, Ruth gleaning in Boaz’s field led to Boaz becoming her kinsman-redeemer, providing food and security for both Ruth and Naomi.
- Elisha and the Multiplication of Bread (2 Kings 4): In another miraculous provision during a time of famine, Elisha multiplied a small amount of bread to feed a hundred people. A man brought twenty loaves of barley and some fresh ears of grain to Elisha, who instructed that it be given to the people. Miraculously, there was more than enough, and they ate and had some left, highlighting God’s abundance in times of scarcity.
These are awesome biblical examples that show how God always takes care of His people, even when there’s a shortage of food. These stories reveal how God is in control, compassionate, and always keeps His promises. So cool, right?
How I trusted God with my finances
I have been one of those young single moms with no money and a little baby to feed.
Let me tell you, time and time again, I witnessed God’s provision first-hand, and it was consistent. I gave when I didn’t have, and God multiplied it. Here is the worst and best part. I was not a faithful tither. But God still provided!
He worked miracles to educate me in a university without paying a dime, feed me, and provide for my son. Guess what? He’s still able! He’s still God! What He did for me, He can certainly do for you!
I never thought much about or asked myself, “What does the Bible say about finances?” I bet if I had thought more about it, I would have been faithful in rendering my tithes.
We live by a different “set of rules.”
You’re his darling baby girl. He will use all His power to ensure you have what you need to live, worship, and testify to His glory.
This means when you give, He replenishes and adds even more to it. So you don’t need to hoard. He’s going to give you what you need. He will never leave you begging for bread or left alone.
Psalm 37:25 says:
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
As Christians, we live by the understanding and belief in God’s provision as a foundational aspect of our faith. It goes beyond the material realm, encompassing spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.
Rooted in biblical principles and trust in God’s promises, we acknowledge that every aspect of our lives is sustained by God’s grace. This reliance on God’s provision fosters a sense of gratitude and dependence, acknowledging that it is through God’s mercy and generosity that we receive guidance, strength, and the necessary resources for daily living.
You know, the Lord’s Prayer, which includes the request for daily bread, reflects this reliance on God for sustenance. Living by God’s provision involves seeking His will, trusting in His timing, and recognizing that God’s abundant love and care extend to every facet of life, bringing comfort, peace, and assurance to those who walk in faith. Amen!
What does the Bible say about finances is something most people may question or be skeptical about, but God’s promises are so clear and concrete.
Bible verses on financial breakthrough
“The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7
(So true! Beware of those credit cards!)
6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6: 6-10
11″ I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13
(Remember, the context for this scripture is “giving.” People like to leave that out. 🙂
31 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew: 31-34
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “
Matthew 6: 19-21
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10
There you have it! If you’re still wondering, “What does the Bible say about finances?” read these scriptures again. Ha! Seriously, together, let’s embark on a journey of discovering God’s timeless principles that can bring peace in the midst of financial turmoil.
Love ya, and thanks for reading!
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