Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Passing Through the Valley

It's no secret that we live in volatile economic times. Many people have lost their jobs, their livelihoods, and their financial security. 

Deep financial scars create deep fears. Retirement, which once promised peace, now threatens distress.

Did you know that finances are important to Papa God? There are more than 2000 Bible verses about money and possessions.

When talking about money and what it buys, we must first recognize that what little – or much – we own isn’t really ours in the fist place. We’re just caretakers. “The earth and everything in it belong to the Lord” (Psalm 24:1, CEV).

So although the bank account, trust fund, or mortgage might display our name, we’re not the real owner. Papa God is.

Our perspective, then, will stay focused on honoring the Lord with His possessions, the resources that He give us the responsibility – and privilege – to manage. That means not looking at our belongings as mine, mine, mine. And not clutching our possessions to our chests in fear of parting with one single molecule.

Why are we so afraid of losing what we have? I believe it’s because deep down inside, we don’t believe the Lord is actually in control, and if we don’t defend what’s ours, no one will.

But we want to develop trust. We want to believe that Papa God is somehow still in control. We desire more than anything to be a Lazarus and experience life after financial death. 

Stay tuned for my next post on how to rise from the financial grave. 

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