Money; It’s All About God, Really
Money is as controversial a topic as just about anything else out there. There are tons of money-management courses to choose from, and tons of opinions on how one should/must manage their money and how one should/must spend or not spend their money.
I used to be very self-conscious about having enough, and very self-dependent. Then, many different things over time, and I was in a place where all I had was gone, and I had nothing. All the parts of the Bible where God tells us to depend upon Him took on new meaning.
It is not wrong to have enough, to have more than we need, or even to have excess. But it is also not wrong to have nothing and to be wholly dependent upon God. God gives to whom He gives. Period. And we are to be content with that.
The reality is … it is God, alone, who is our Provider. And since God is our Provider, God gets to choose how and when He provides for us. Humility is required for this way of life. We cannot point to ourselves and take credit; we must give it to God.
When I begin to worry, I am reminded of Matthew 6 where God tells us not to worry … to look at the little birds, to look at the wildflowers, and to know, God loves me just as much and will take care of me, too. When I think I should save and have more and be more prepared, God reminds me of Exodus 16 and that He provides for my daily needs … sweet, honey wafer manna, and meat … and just enough for today.
All through the Bible God proves His Provision to His people. They doubt, whine, but God still provides. God has miraculously provided for us in so many ways, and His ways are always so incredibly creative and imaginative. Money, food, a new-to-us-laptop, new-to-us-furniture, clothes, help, and the list goes on. Might God give us more money someday, so we can save and prepare on our own? Perhaps … in the meantime, we know, my girls know … it is God, alone, who is our Provider.