Let's face it, Moms worry too much. We ought to trust God to care for every little part of our lives, but we often fail. Too often we need to pray "I believe, help my unbelief!" While we're working on learning to draw near to God and trust Him to orchestrate each detail of our lives, I want us to think a little bit about a topic we often worry about - money.
Money is a tool. In itself money is neither good nor evil, yet how we view it, and how we use it, tells a lot about our character, and how much and what we love. I think maybe the biggest struggle we Moms have with money is the world we live in. Here in America we are constantly bombarded on TV, on the radio, in print, and in person by ads that tell us we need more, more, MORE.
More what? That is my point. The world tells us we need more of everything: more clothes, more toys, more electronics, more square footage in our homes. The world is always telling us we need more stuff because more stuff keeps us focused on the stuff, not on God. I will let you in on something I have learned - stuff is just stuff. Material goods cannot heal your broken heart, they cannot fill the void in your day, nor can they comfort you in your distress or old age.
Yet, even knowing all of this, we can fall back into worrying about money. Lots of things we need in our daily lives cost money: food, homes, cars, even toilet paper! As the managers of our homes, we can get sucked into worry about providing things for our family. We need to step back from the world and be reminded of an eternal truth. All we have is from God, and it still belongs to Him. God gives us the opportunity to join with Him in providing a home for our family, yet the real Provider is still God alone. God grants us everything.
Moms, money can buy your child a new toy, but not love. Money can buy a new book, or new tires for your car, yet it cannot give you peace. If you put your hope in money, then your hope can easily be lost. Someone could give you a million dollars tomorrow and you would not have peace, because money cannot buy peace, only stuff.
Stuff is just stuff.
God is what we need more of.
God provides for all of our needs. He cares for us. He cares so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die on our behalf, to pay the penalty for our sins.
You may not get everything you want from God, but you will get everything you NEED.
Moms, if you're still worrying about money, it is time to give your worry to God and let go. Tomorrow you may not have any more money in your bank account than you do today, but you can have peace. You may still have a kitchen cabinet that is empty, but you can have peace. You may still wonder tomorrow how you will ever pay those medical bills, yet you can have peace.
God has blessed us beyond measure with His great gift of forgiveness. He wants to grant you a peace that is beyond understanding. God wants you to trust Him to provide for your needs.
The first step to learning to trust God to provide for our physical needs is to understand our Spiritual need. We need forgiveness for our sins. We are all sinners, and forgiveness comes through Jesus alone. Once we accept His great gifts of mercy and forgiveness, once we understand our eternal need has been met, we can slowly begin to trust God for our daily needs.
It is a long road to walk, this learning to trust God for everything, yet it is one filled with joys unspeakable. May these verses give you hope for your journey!
May you choose the path of following Jesus, and may your New Year be filled with joy and peace as you learn to trust in Him!