If there is one thing that is universal at Christmas, it is money pressures. It’s no different in my family. The quest for “things” seems to be exacerbated at this time of year since it is the “season to be jolly” materially.
I have nothing against Christmas gift giving. In fact, Christmas and birthdays in my mind are the days that I like to set aside to buy things for my loved ones that they normally might not be able to get during normal periods.
In our family we tend to go through periods of financial blessing and periods of financial disaster. What I would like to aim for is financial peace and stability, with some of the blessing besides.
Some of the financial problems we have encountered are of our making and others are just of the “life happens” variety. I do not believe God is Someone who sits up in heaven desiring that people suffer financially so that they learn some kind of lesson. Indeed, Jesus said to remember the poor. Surely he cares about relieving our financial suffering. However, the Bible does talk a lot about money and its uses. So it would behoove me to learn what it says and apply it.
Here are some thoughts for starters. 1) Peace in the family is more important than living in Beverly Hills (Proverbs 17:1). 2) Sometimes you have to give money to others to influence them to help you (Proverbs 17:8). 3) Don’t be stupid and bite the hand that is feeding you (Proverbs 17:13). You’ll get bad results. 4) When you have handled money foolishly, learn from the mistakes. Be wise the next time (Proverbs 17:16). 5) It’s not a good idea to co-sign on a loan (Proverbs 17:18). Nothing new there. 6) Don’t be tempted to do evil against other people for financial gain (Proverbs 17:23). 7) It’s best to not live in fantasy land when it comes to handling money. Don’t buy what you don’t need if the money is not there (Proverbs 17:24).
So what do we do if we are in need and/or have a dream purchase in mind, and the wallet is empty? I think where we make our mistake in those situations is that we get frustrated or, worse, start to panic instead of looking to God in heaven to help us. We may even think that we are not worthy of help since we have made so many mistakes financially.
However, If we blow it financially, God is not there to clobber us for it. He surely wants us to learn from it, but He can pick up the pieces. He is a God of second chances. But we have to go to Him with our needs and wants. He should make the choices for us .
The apostle Paul did not live by worldly standards or methods. He knew he was facing an enemy who was trying to prevent him from accomplishing God’s plans for him. So he fought that enemy with spiritual weapons . He goal was to know God and obey Him. All his thinking was submitted to God for review (II Corinthians 10:2-5).
In the financial arena we too can do battle with Satan and prevent him from obstructing God’s blessings. We can also submit our choices that involve finances to Him and do what He tells us. Let Him choose.