For some of us, trusting God with our finances is one of the hardest things to do. I’ve discovered some ways that have helped me to gain peace enough to believe that, even though my financial situation is not perfect, I can still trust God to be my provider. Journaling is one practical step we can take in the direction of fully trusting God with our finances.
It’s simple! Keep a journal of all the times God has been faithful before. Have you ever had a moment where all of a sudden what you were worrying about doesn’t actually happen?? Write it down!! Try making it a habit to write down all the times you had a higher-than-expected paycheck, or a friend invited you over for dinner when you were low on grocery cash, or a desperate prayer was answered. Those are not coincidences, they are God’s provision! Being able to remember those moments can give you so much peace when you are looking at a bill and you have no idea where the funds will come from.
For example, at the start of this past month, I looked at our budget and realized we didn’t quite have the expected income to cover all of our expenses for the month. My husband is a full-time student and we both have part-time jobs with limited hours. We considered taking some funds out of our savings account but somehow, by God’s grace, I heard myself say, “I’m excited to see how God will provide for us this month.” I’m typically an anxious person, so to be totally honest, I surprised myself with that declaration. We continued along the month, being careful with our spending and waiting, then God showed up! My husband was able to get extra hours with his job, I was offered a month-long paid project, and accepted a new job for next month. As we are now at the end of the month I am amazed at how perfect God’s timing is and how he really is our financial provider! You can be sure this is going in my journal! God may not always chose to provide for us in the same way, but the next time I have financial doubts, I’ll be so thankful to have this example to lean on, and hopefully it will help me trust God with whatever we are facing.
What comes to mind when you think of God’s faithfulness? Share in the comment section a time where he has provided for your needs unexpectedly!
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.