God, Our Job, and Our Wallet

25 Apr

I’m pleased to state that my initial response to my need for speed (or at least for a vehicle that didn’t guzzle gas) was the correct one. I took my bank statement to God and presented it to Him complete with a detailed account of the current fuel prices, available work hours, and the cost of health insurance. I pointed out that He had led me to believe that I was to live debt free and asked that He provide for my need. Since I was already putting the matter before Him, I thought I’d also tag on a few extra requests. “And if you wouldn’t mind, Lord, would you please make my new vehicle a little white pickup truck with four wheel drive and air conditioning.”

Two days later, there it was, sitting beside the road: a little white pickup truck with four wheel drive and air conditioning. Price tag? $2,200. Since I had cash on hand, I was able to talk the owner down to $2,000 and used the remaining $200 to purchase a truck box and a new radio for the cab. I knew that God wasn’t just meeting my need; He was making a point. He didn’t need my salary in order to provide for me.

Jesus commanded His disciples, “do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.” Then He asks, “Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:25-33 NASB)

The truth is that it can be difficult to see life from this perspective. After all, our jobs give us a place to work, work produces money, and money produces… well, stuff. Or does it? Is it possible that God really does provide for our needs not just through our paychecks, but also independent of them? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at what the Bible has to say about our income – where our financial resources come from, how we should use them, and why the money we get from our jobs should not be the driving force behind what we do or how well we do it. In the meantime, feel free to share your own stories about God’s provision in the comment box below!

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