“Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Tomorrow will have its own worries. (Matthew 6:31-34 ERV)
What thoughts go through your mind when you read that? Don’t worry about things? Is it a reminder God is in control? Does knowing this scripture or standing on it challenge your way of thinking about spending money or saving it? This scripture is often quoted, misquoted and overused. What is God challenging us to do? I don’t think he is saying don’t try and improve yourself or don’t be good stewards over what he has provided you with.
I am looking at my current/past situations in life. Many of my greatest worries came from worrying about money, how to get it, how to spend it or how to manage when I have overspent. (Credit card debt). I look at my current issues and I have so many shoes I’ve run out of space, so many clothes that even Pinterest can’t help with storage solutions. WHY? I need to start applying God’s word to new areas of my life. I need to challenge my thinking in all areas of my life and start to realize that the scripture is not limited to just my religious beliefs but All THINGS!
Do you segregate your life into specific areas for God to Fix? You know, dear Lord here is my marriage, fix that. Apply every scripture until it means your with the right guy. Dear Lord, make my kids act right, every word out your mouth is used to show your kids how great a Christian you are which then makes you a great parent and God is gone get “them” if they don’t line up with the word. Oh yes God is gone fix those bill collectors too, your going to pray and tithe and he will open a window and pour out a blessing. Boxed in…oh yeah we all fall victim to the concepts of God but I’m ready for something new..You must be made new in your hearts and in your thinking. Be that new person who was made to be like God, truly good and pleasing to him. (Ephesians 4:23-24 ERV)
I’m getting ready to embark on a new journey filled with allowing God into those places that traditionally we have said he is not needed. You know, in our real finances, I’m not talking about tithes I’m talking about being a good steward of what you have. Money, time and your gifts.
“Don’t save treasures for yourselves here on earth. Moths and rust will destroy them. And thieves can break into your house and steal them. Instead, save your treasures in heaven, where they cannot be destroyed by moths or rust and where thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will be where your treasure is. (Matthew 6:19-21 ERV)