Dollars and Cents Don’t Always Make Sense
By Jorge Rosario
I was walking home from work one brisk Monday evening. But I didn’t want to go home; I was dreading sharing the news with my wife.
The 15-minute walk ended abruptly at my front door, not allowing ample time to prepare. Then I opened the door to find my wife in the kitchen with tears in her eyes. I asked what was wrong, and she replied, “I got laid off.”
To which I replied, “Me too.”
“What are we going to do? How are we going to pay our bills?” she asked me.
In all of my wisdom, I replied, “I don’t know. All I know is that, He dresses the lilies, and we will both have jobs by Friday.”
That Friday, God provided us with jobs.
When it came time to pay taxes, Jesus told Peter, “Go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself” (Matthew 17:24-27).
The provision of dollars and cents doesn’t always make sense. But we can rest assured that God will provide.
It is always good to plan, organize, save, and have conversations with your spouse about spending habits, and I encourage all couples to do so. But while all of these practices are beneficial, they only get us so far. The most important tasks on the list of “Healthy Financial Habits” are to trust and rest. Only in trusting Him and resting in the fact that He provides, will our good stewardship blossom into a beautiful form of worship.
The Good Stuff: And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these … will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:28-30)
Action Points: Is there an area of your life (either finances or something else) that you have trouble trusting God in? Holding hands with your spouse, bow your heads and ask God to both remove your anxiety and increase your trust in Him.
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