I heard an interesting discussion the other night. Young godly couples sharing their strategies for money management, tithe first, budget everything else. Their goals are to pay off their mortgages, live frugal lifestyles, and save for their children’s futures. I was impressed with their wise and godly objectives.
But I sensed one major ingredient was missing, day-to-day trusting in the Lord. They know their lives are in His hands. They acknowledge that He provides their jobs and overall care. They sought His wisdom about the homes they bought, cars they drive, and their big item purchases.
Yet I sensed a stress level in each of their lives that should not be there. Their budgets cause them to micro-manage every penny, every detail of their lives. I wanted to ask them the following question and then encourage them to take the challenge of ultimate trust.
Which is more terrifying to you: One, to be in total control of every budget penny and know where the money is coming to pay every bill or two, to let go completely, live your life to the fullest and trust God to meet your every need?
If God told you to marry that beloved one He provided,
If God provided that job in answer to your prayers,
If God lead you to buy that home,
If God blessed you with that child (or children),
If God allowed that illness,
If God knew you needed that vacation,
If God loves to bless His children then would He not provide, could He not be trusted, is He not the One to put in complete control?
These past twenty years as I’ve walked with my Lord, I’ve learned to yield my will to His, to minute-by-minute seek His advice, and to trust Him to provide for my every need. If He has called me to a ministry that honors His name and brings Him glory then He will provide my daily bread. We learned to pray The Lord’s Prayer as children, yet we often don’t live it out in our daily walk.
Mike and I don’t budget, we pray. We have been tested along the way. We’ve had seasons when money was tight and we were clueless where the provisions would come. Yet He never failed. When we are obedient, He is faithful. Actually even when we fail, He is faithful. He can be trusted to always care for His children. He deserves to be trusted. He deserves to be praised for His faithfulness.
I will use my next few blogs to share testimonies of His goodness. I hope to encourage my readers to learn to walk by faith, to let go of the control panel, and jump into His outstretched Fatherly arms. The secret is to find that perfect balance of complete trust and immediate obedience.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Romans 12:1 in the Message