And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
Amidst a depressed economy there are financial planners and stockbrokers on every corner. Whose advice do you take? Many people have lost their life savings on taking the advice of those known as the leaders in the market. Most people want to take the advice from someone who is at top of their game. Society looks to the wealthy for tips on learning how to grow their financial portfolio. There are even those who are getting rich on selling books to others about how to get rich.
By the grace of God, I am not impressed by people with a lot of money. I tend to look for advice from the bottom up. The person who has had a profound impact on my financial mindset is my dad. We were a family of six. He never made very much money but always managed to take care of our needs. As an added bonus, he always managed to take the family on a summer vacation. Just where did he get the money? For starters, he never wasted money. He always had a calculated plan of how the funds should be spent. Some may call it tight-fisted; I just call it wise. Another thing I learned from him is that he always gave to our local church. The move he made as he and my mother were drawing near retirement age is what had the biggest impact on me. They did not have a nest egg to give them peace of mind over their financial future. He did have a small amount of money and brought it before the Lord as he asked for wisdom as to how to invest it. I am very happy to say that out of his obedience in seeking the Lord’s advice, they are now able to live a comfortable life during their final years.
One thing that I learned from his many years of budgeting is that I don’t necessarily need more money, just wisdom and discernment in managing what I have at present. Refrain from trying to squeeze God into your economical box whereas you tell Him the amount of money you think you need. God’s Word says He will always meet our needs. In the culture in which we live, at times, we get a distorted view of the difference between a need and a want. Like my dad did years ago, will you seek the advice of the best financial planner of all time? Since Jesus knows everything from beginning to end, He is the only one who can give you advice that will never let you down.
Lord, I thank You for being the wisest Man who walked this earth. I thank You that You are seated on Your heavenly throne and are able to see all things from beginning to end. I trust that if I will just seek Your advice over my finances, You will always meet my needs.