I have major control issues. One of those areas is finance. I pay the bills each month. I set up our monthly budget. I have earned the trust of my husband to take care of these matters. This has been my job as manager and administrator of our household. It’s rewarding when things are going well, but depressing when they’re not.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes finances really have a hold on me. I work and rework these numbers, trying to make our budget balance. But every month presents different challenges. One month it’s medical, the next month it’s a high electric bill. How do I manage my own heart, my own emotions? I just want us to get ahead, yet I keep getting disappointed. I can’t seem to control the unexpected.
God’s Word to Us: Your heart is in the right place but your trust is not. You need to trust Me and My provision for each month. I will take care of you. That’s My promise. Let go of your sometimes unrealistic financial goals. It’s good to have goals, but not at the cost you are paying. You are stressed and unhappy. This creates a rift between you and your loved ones. Let go. Let go to Me now and know I will care for you, every last detail. I love you.
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:31-33
My Heart’s Cry for us is to give these worries to God. Put your focus on what He has you doing for His kingdom and living righteously. When you do this, you are putting your trust in Him. You are focusing on today instead of worrying about the future. God knows our needs. Sometimes our “wants” have to wait. I think that is what hurts. We don’t get what we want when we want it. These unrealistic financial goals are what I want now. It’s not necessarily what I need now or even what is best for our family at this point. For example, what if you gave a child everything they ever wanted all at one time? Sure, they would be happy and excited, but then what? Discontentment settles in again all too soon. Our only hope, our only solution, is to keep our eyes on God’s Kingdom and live righteously. Obeying His Word by putting His Kingdom first, is what will bring true contentment. Who is in control of your finances? Where is your trust? In God or in yourself?
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