When things are hard financially, it’s difficult to think about anything else. Your mind swirls at night with your concerns. You wake up with a knot in your stomach. Worry robs peace from your life. It’s hard. I understand. But God. There is so much in Scripture about how much He loves us and how abundantly He supplies. Let’s look at 5 verses today that can help you find that financial peace you’ve been longing for.
Paul’s Example of Financial Peace
God might not immediately change your circumstances, but He promises to provide for all your needs. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” The Apostle Paul is writing to the Philippian church and thanking them for being involved in caring for him in his ministry. This is the passage that has the popular verse, “I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me.”
Paul lived with abundance and with little, and yet he knew that God always provided exactly what he needed. He gained his strength from Christ, and he kept doing what he was called by God to do. It seems easy to say, doesn’t it? Oh, God will provide! But Paul lived it. Turning away from the temptation to worry, turn toward God in faith and trust.
Now listen to this prayer from Abide based on Philippians 4:19.
“Provider” is God’s Name
In Genesis 22 we read the story of Abraham taking his son Isaac up to the mountain, doing what God had instructed him to do. God had asked Abraham to sacrifice his son. That’s a little eyebrow raising, isn’t it? But Abraham was confident that God would provide a sacrifice for him. Even as he laid Isaac on the altar, he know God would provide. And you know what, He did. A ram caught in a thicket became the burnt offering that God required. But it was more about the willingness in Abraham’s heart to give up something he deeply loved.
Verse 14 says, “So Abraham called the name of that place, ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’” God is not likely to ask us to give up one of our children, but what are some other things you might be holding on to too tightly? Listen to a sample of this meditation from Abide based on Genesis 22:14 to kickstart your thinking on how you view God as your provider.
Keep that closing prayer in mind when you begin to doubt that God really will provide for you. It is literally part of God’s character to provide for His children. Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider.
A Lesson From Egypt
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, there was a lot of fear mixed in with the thankfulness that they were finally free. Psalm 81 details some of the things God promised to the people. Verse 10 stands out: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
The next 2 verses are sobering: “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.” Still, when the people were thirsty, God provided water from a rock. When they were hungry, He sent manna from the heavens. When they craved meat, He sent quail. None of this was from expected sources. The people didn’t provide these things by their own work.
Let God work outside the box you might have put Him in. Let Him provide in unexpected ways. Here’s a sample prayer you might pray:
Father God, I’m sorry for putting You in a box. I expect provision in certain ways, and You’re waiting for me to let You work in ways I can’t even imagine. I open my hands—and my eyes—to see where You’re working in my life. Help me to trust You because I know that You love me. Give me great anticipation—and patience—for what You will do. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Consider the Ravens
In Luke 12, it’s recorded that Jesus was teaching a large crowd. Someone in the crowd told Jesus to tell his brother to split his inheritance with him. Jesus uses this request as an opportunity to teach about God’s provision. Verses 22-24 read, “And he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! ‘”
God sees you. He knows your needs. Listen to a sample of this Abide meditation from Luke 12 when Jesus beseeches the crowd to not worry.
Remember the closing prayer about trust whenever you feel worry creeping in and wanting to take over.
The Peace of Christ
Above all else, when you need financial peace, what you really need is the peace of Christ. Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” When something rules in you, it takes control. It can either be the loving sovereignty of your Father God, or the harsh dictator of worry. Which will you let rule in your heart?
It’s a moment-by-moment decision. Notice that last sentence in Colossians 3:15. “And be thankful.” Whenever worry about your finances comes, replace it with thankfulness for who God is and what He provides every day. Listen to a sample of this Abide meditation based on Colossians 3:15 and learn to let financial peace in your life grow because of the peace of Christ.
Knowing in your heart—and not just your head—that God will always provide all that you need will help you experience financial peace no matter what your circumstances are. He loves you so much. Keeping God’s Word hidden in your heart can help you keep experiencing that peace as you remember His promises.
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Stephanie Reeves is a writer and the senior editor of Abide.