Your Finances: Being Faithful In a Little
One of the most common prayer requests we receive at calledtobefree.org concerns finances.
People ask for prayer about finding or holding jobs, paying their food and clothing expenses, paying for rent or a mortgage, and paying off credit debt.
It is very good to pray about these things, asking Father for help while reminding ourselves that He is the source who provides for all our needs.
Some of these requests are desperate. And the ones which are often the most desperate are when people have borrowed a lot of money to meet daily expenses.
Now there may be many reasons how they got into this situation. But we must recognize that God promises to provide for our needs. And he is doing it already. We must live within the means that he is providing now, being "faithful in a little."
It is not easy to manage money wisely. Because it involves denying ourselves the things we want. The apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4, NIV:
"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength... And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
If you are feeling a financial squeeze, this is a good time to pray for God's help. Take out a piece of paper and list all your monthly expenses. Even pocket money. Then accurately list your take-home income. If the two are out of balance, you need to start being faithful in a "little."
It's OK to ask God for more in the future, but he wants you to be a good steward of the "little" right now. It's time to cut your expenses. And stop borrowing to cover your daily living costs.
This is not going to be easy. You'll have to squeeze, squeeze and squeeze your expenses, and yes, you'll have to pay off that credit debt, too.
The steward who was faithful in a little was given the responsibility to manage more. (Luke 19, NIV). Not to satisfy his own lusts, but for the benefit of the Kingdom.
Consider the words of the apostle James (James 4, NIV):
"You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
So let us be good stewards, managing wisely the "little" we have now. We are encouraged to ask God for future blessings -- including financial blessings. But those blessings must be for the right motives -- seeking first Christ's Kingdom.