It’s so easy to rest assured and sleep peacefully when we have a fat bank account! I remember my first year of university was like that too. I received large sum of money from my parents just for my upkeep; I used to go around shopping for expensive outfits as I knew that at the end of the day, I still got a lot left. However, this moment of bliss eclipsed a year later; I began living on a tight budget due to increased family responsibilities back home. At times, I was calm and didn’t mind this new change, but other times, I panicked not knowing how I was going to survive with the little money. I was doubtful, worried, and anxious about the future especially whenever I hit a negative balance in my account, just imagine!
The God we serve is not a god of fear or panic; he’s not impotent or semipotent, but omnipotent. He deserves our full trust at all times because of who He is. Just take the example of how the Father cared for the people of Israel in the desert for 40 years: “You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst. Forty years You sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell“-Nehemiah 9:20-21. In Philippians 4:15-16, Paul says: “As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once.” These biblical verses prove God’s faithfulness; He indeed provides for all our needs by His hand and using others; our Father is able.
I have noticed over time that there are situations when God waits for the very last moment to come to our rescue. For instance, there was this time when I had promised to make a donation for someone in need, however, when the time approached I realized that I didn’t have enough on me. I cried out to the Lord for weeks and He finally provided just few days before the donation had to be made. I mean why does God do that? Why does He want to wait till the very end to supply for our needs? I believe it is to strengthen our trust in Him. Trusting the Father when He does the expected is obvious because the world can as well do that. Our faith is strengthened when our convictions in God are unshaken despite the fact that we don’t see Him act powerfully. Psalms 125:1 “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.” Disciplining ourselves to trust God by remaining at peace with little money is a step to living an immovable, unshakeable Christian life. When we panic in times of financial difficulties, it signifies that we don’t trust in the power of God and our hearts are more with earthly treasures (Matthew 6:21). This indeed takes training and the Holy Spirit is here to assist us; we should only humble ourselves and ask God what this man told Jesus: “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”