When times get tough, the Bible can add a lot of helpful perspective.
There’s no doubt about it, financial woes can impact your life in a myriad of ways. They can stop you from getting a good night’s sleep, affect your diet and your mood, or even lead to illness. So it’s no surprise that these all-consuming concerns can affect your perspective, both on a practical and spiritual level.
Perhaps you’re so busy worrying that you’re no longer putting the same energy into your prayer life, but St. Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:6 to “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.”
Matthew’s chapter 6 is also full of wise words in all things financial and material: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”(6:25).
And while these thoughts are most worthy, Matthew also helps us put our worries in order: “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” (6:34)
This may seem a little trite if you’re facing long-term unemployment or even bankruptcy, but remember you have the ultimate protector in your Heavenly Father. Even in desperate times you can remember: “Thus we may say with confidence: “The Lord is my helper, [and] I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” Hebrews (13:6).
And for those whose financial issues might stem from a little over-consumption, here’s another thought from Matthew to bear in mind:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Matthew (6:19-21)
So while Scripture might not be able to provide you with an actual paycheck, it will give you the strength and wisdom to guide you on your path to an eternal life full of riches beyond measure.
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