Today, as I am writing this devotional, the United States reports 22 million workers as unemployed due to the worldwide pandemic. Financial problems, troubles, worries, distresses, difficulties, constraints, challenges, or pinches are all words that have a large impact on the family. A family’s finances may be impacted by a lack of money, excessive debt, home costs, job loss, and medical costs. Some of our financial troubles can be alleviated when submitting your finances to a biblical worldview. The River Church believes the Bible has much wisdom for life including principles for finances. These principles can teach us how to live.
First, God is our everything. We do not find our security in money and finances; we find our security in His love for us. Philippians 4:19 reads, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Second, we are to be “giving” to others. In Luke 6:38, we read, “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” It seems hard to give when we feel like we are in money trouble, but the concept of being generous is for all followers of Christ. It is understood that those who have less will give less, but generosity comes from giving sacrificially.
Thirdly, the Bible teaches that we should save and not spend everything we have. Proverbs 21:20 says, “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.” We need to have saved in order to plan for the financial crises that will happen in our lives. We cannot spend all of our money and resources so that we have nothing saved up for life’s difficulties.
Next, the Bible warns against being in debt. Proverbs 22:7 reads, “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” We lose some of our freedom when we go into debt. In some instances, you will lose the opportunity to take a different job, or not be open to God’s calling to ministry because of your debt.
Lastly, we need to work on being content. Hebrews 13:5 states, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” The impact of discontentment can lead to overspending. Please listen, we do not need the stuff to make our life complete. We need Jesus. We just read that He will never leave us. This can be a hard concept when in a money pinch, but our contentment will lead us to a better use of the money that God has given to us.
We see the impact that money trouble has on marriages and families. Please consider implementing these principles to help protect your family from a money pinch.