While we may desire God to give us what we want, in His wisdom He gives us only what we need. Could it be that if God would answer our prayers by bringing us wealth or fame that we may stray away from him? Would gaining wealth ultimately lead to selling our own soul in a money hungry world? Most importantly, could financial prosperity or material gain hinder our faith and trust in Christ?
Today, my husband and I prayed, "Dear Lord, do not give us more than we need so we don't forget You. Do not allow the love of money to take root in our hearts. Help us to keep our eyes on You. Thank You for all of Your blessings and provision. We trust that no matter how much we earn on earth what truly counts is our eternal treasure with YOU! Amen."
God can humble us and I guarantee He has done so through our various trials. As I look back on 2009 through 2013, I see how God used loss and a financial crisis to humble us. It was during those challenging moments when my husband was not only laid off from work once or twice, but a whopping total of four times within a four year period.
Paying for your groceries using food stamps is humbling. Being offered canned goods and non-perishable items through a food bank is humbling. Buying your children's clothes at a resale shop because you can't afford a designer's wardrobe is humbling. Washing and drying your dirty clothes at a laundromat is humbling. Not going on vacation because you can barely make ends meet is humbling. Selling your wedding bands to a gold shop because you can't afford Christmas gifts for your kids is humbling.
I share in my memoir and devotional book, Harvest of Hope: Living Victoriously Through Adversity, how God used these humbling moments to grow our faith. No matter how desperate and frustrating the situation, He gave us hope and made a way when there seemed to be no way. When the dire circumstance were beyond our control, God was still in control.
On March 4, 2013, my husband began full-time employment in commercial construction. We were ecstatic from answered prayer! While the grueling wait was long, God was faithful. Regardless of what we lacked, we leaned on Him to be our provider for every single need. During this time, we never went without clothes, food, or a roof over our heads. God's faithfulness never fails! (Lamentations 3:22-23)
If you are currently facing financial difficulties, lean on your Heavenly Father as your anchor of hope. Pray for wisdom and provision. Consider practical steps of action to cut back on unnecessary spending. Also, consider possible items you may sell to earn extra income, such as gently used clothes, furniture, or toys. Lastly, trust that God could use this trial to humble you, build your character, and strengthen your faith.
And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23-24