“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
When I think of our Savior who came to earth to save us all, I think of a man of humble beginnings, born in a barn, set in a manger meant for animals, and as he grew into adulthood, he never worried. He knew his needs would always be met by his heavenly Father.
I remember when I was the college pastor years ago, I left this ministry to start a new church. That job had provided our family income and I thought that, if I plant my own church, I might lose everything. It had taken us, my wife and me, our whole lives together to save up $40,000. And when we planted our church, we lost everything. We lost every dollar. We had tons of student loans to pay off and other expenses, and the savings eventually was lost. Yet, it wasn’t that bad because we didn’t lose anything more than everything, if that makes sense.
This was the funniest thing – right when we ran out of money, when we hit zero in our savings, then we had a baby. Nevertheless, even when we had zero dollars in our account, we were able to pay every bill. As the bills and needs came, a bit of income was there, and we just took care of things. Everything was fine. All that worrying I had about losing everything was much worse than actually losing things. In fact, I look back at those times in my life and I cherish them, and I remember them as some of the warmest, best times of my life.
So, don’t worry. Keep hope alive. Don’t quit. Don’t give up. Trust in Jesus, in his provision for your life, and keep him always before your mind.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your example as a man living on this earth, doing life simply, never wanting for anything. When I become concerned about my financial future, instead of listening to the worriers, I will listen only to you, and follow your lead. Amen.
Reflection: Do you worry about your finances? How can Jesus’ example help you to calm your fears?