by Shane Wall
So I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is your own. But his master answered him, You wicked and lazy and idle servant! Did you indeed know that I reap where I have not sowed and gather [grain] where I have not winnowed? Then you should have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received what was my own with interest. Matthew 25:25-27 (AMP)
I was praying about a personal financial situation a few years ago and I said to the Lord, “I don’t have enough to take care of this bill. So, I need money.” He spoke back to me immediately and said, “My son, you don’t need money. Money needs you.”
I was blown away with His response. I was expecting His mercy and grace to reply with assurance that He would replace the lack with supply. But what I received was even better! God gave an understanding of how He sees the system and process of money usage.
Having worked in managerial and other positions that required handling a lot of currency, I have seen millions of dollars in cash during my years of employment. Not one time did I ever see money jump out of a cash drawer or a deposit bag, go to a store and control a financial transaction.
God taught me that my need was not money, but that money needed me to budget for proper spending, investing or donating. The character in the parable of Jesus, that’s in the scripture text above, was a man who didn’t receive or use proper understanding of what money needed him to do. Fear was the culprit that caused him to make a bad decision of what to do with the money he was assigned to handle. We should never fear anything because God is ready and willing to help us with every issue we’ll ever face.
Ask yourself, “What am I doing with the money God has assigned to my hands?” Money needs us. It cannot work on its own.
We are commanded in the Bible to give our local churches 10% of our income, plus an offering. If we don’t, we’re not doing what money needs us to do according to God’s Word in Malachi 3:8-10. Once we have fulfilled that obligation, we are not to think that we are free to spend the remainder on our heart’s desires. We can’t afford that.
We must pray concerning our budget and ask God to lead us to make profitable decisions. Affordability is not saying to ourselves, “I have the money for it, so I can afford it.” If we’ve already met our financial responsibilities, including saving and investing, and have budgeted for the item we desire, only then can we really afford it.
Ask God if you have any areas in your budget needing to be streamlined or altered otherwise. If He leads you to reduce or cancel unnecessary goods and/or services, you’ll free up more of your income. Those extra funds will still need you to be careful and mindful of your life and the other lives that are affected by your financial decisions.
Money handling is a major stressor in our society today. Most of us pray to receive money, but we don’t often pray for guidance to manage the finances that are in our care. If we’re ever lacking, maybe money is not the main ingredient we’re lacking, but rather, we're deficient in understanding. Get understanding from God concerning your money’s mission. Once you do, instead of constantly thinking that your real necessity is additional currency, you’ll prayerfully discover the truth: The real need is you. Money needs you.
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