Monday, August 15, 2011

God $ense, overcoming economic chaos

When you are in so deep it is easy to loose perspective and you cannot find your way out. That may be exactly where we are as a nation economically. Lost perspective is borrowing more money to pay off loans you already have (then you owe more money). This does not make "good sense". And it certainly does not make "God $ense".

God $ense gives us perspective, purpose and process to manage our finances even in economical chaos. Let's start with Proverbs 3:5-10...Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

If we can trust God to actually do life (including finances) His way, then we will walk in provision and blessing. Amazing isn't it? Trusting God means not trusting your heart, mind, ways or personal wisdom. Let Him lead and guide you every step of the way.

Trusting Him may take a heart transplant. Our heart is "deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"(Jeremiah 17:9) Our selfish and grieving heart should be replaced with a generous and grateful heart. Read Deuteronomy 15:7-15.

Trusting Him takes a commitment to contentment. Paul says in Philippians 4:10-13, ...I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances...I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want...I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

We often quote the last phrase, I can do all things..., about many things, but Paul was specifically writing about his commitment to contentment. It is only through Christ that we can learn and live in contentment (having our soul @ rest).

God $ense is what I want for me. And it is what I am praying for you. Have a great week!

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