Tis the season to be jolly…right?! ¬†Yet that is not the emotion that most people find themselves experiencing during this time of year. ¬†With Thanksgiving right behind us and Christmas around the corner, many people experience a plethora of feelings of worry and anxiety. ¬†Finances divide families and cause individuals to feel worthless or even suicidal. ¬†At this time of year, humanity is in an epic battle, fighting to celebrate God’s goodness, the birth of Jesus Christ, and showing love to one another. ¬†Knowing these things are only a portion of the battle. ¬†We must know what to do with this information so that we don’t become another static, snared in a trap that was set to utterly destroy us and steal our joy.
What are we to do?
One of the first things that we are to do is realize who it is that sustains us. ¬†Father God! ¬†He is just that, our Father. ¬†The scripture says that He gave gifts to men. (Ephesians 4:8). ¬†Although the scriptural context is discussing the Spiritual gifts that God gave to men in the church, the facts still remain that every good thing comes from God (James 1:7). ¬†He gives us brand new mercies every single morning. (Lamentations 3:22, 23). ¬†He gives breath and life to the godly and the ungodly, offering to each a compassionate opportunity to start anew, until a time which He has appointed. ¬†He is ultimately the one who feeds, clothes, and provides for us in every way. ¬†In more ways than one, He is the epitome¬†of a Father, greater than any earthly one.
So, what am I saying? ¬†I’m saying that the first thing we must do is stop and talk to Him about what is on our hearts and allow Him to take care of us. ¬†We have to “cast all our care on God, for He cares for us.” (1 Peter 5:7) ¬†If we listen clearly and read His word we will hear the voice of love easing our souls and calming our fears.
Here are a few scriptures that may help you to hear what the Lord says concerning your finances more clearly.
Matthew 6:33¬†But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the LORD with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10¬†So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
Proverbs 8:18, 21 Riches and honor¬†are¬†with me,
Enduring riches and righteousness..That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.
Psalm 1:1-3¬†Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither‚ÄĒ
whatever they do prospers.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.‚ÄĚ
Proverbs 10:4 ¬†Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth
Proverbs 14:11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Psalm 40:17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
you are my God, do not delay.
Luke 12:22, 31-32 Then Jesus said to his disciples:¬†‚ÄúTherefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear..But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
Proverbs 22:9 ¬†The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor.
Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Psalm 35:27¬†May those who delight in my vindication
shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, ‚ÄúThe LORD be exalted,
who delights in the well-being of his servant.‚ÄĚProverbs 15:6
Psalm 141:6¬†Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,
and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.Malachi 3:10
Psalm 37:25¬†¬†I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.Proverbs 11:28
3 John 2¬†Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.Proverbs 10:22
Psalm 112:1, 3 ¬†Praise the LORD. ¬†Blessed are those who fear the LORD,¬†who find great delight in his commands…Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.
Philipians 4:19 ¬†And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8¬†Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.¬†Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.¬†And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Psalm 145:15-16 ¬†The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.Proverbs 11:16
Proverbs 28:10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path
will fall into their own trap,
but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
After reading these scriptures, I hope that you are confident in knowing that God will supply all of your needs. The next thing that we should do is simply, trust Him. ¬† Determine within yourself that you will not fear nor be anxious, but instead you will remember His promises.
Finally we are to walk in faith today. ¬†Put forth all effort to move forward, freely.
And remember that no one who puts their trust in God shall ever be put to shame.