by Faith Reboot’s Mari Taylor
“I responded to your email.”
Those five words made my heart race. This was going to be a “yes I’ll give the money” or “No I can’t or won’t”. My first response was a little wave of panic. “What if it’s a no? We need this money and I’ve exhausted every other option I can think of.”
My husband and I have had many financial struggles over the years. It is an area of “health” we struggle with. Every time we think we are better, we suffer a relapse or a new symptom. And this particular night, I was feeling pretty sick. Then a wonderful thing happened. As I lay there in bed I felt cocooned in peace. There was no hurry to read the email. Whatever the answer, I knew I could trust God. He was going to take care of our finances, regardless of what that email said.
Romans 15:13 gives us a prescription for joy, peace and hope regardless of our circumstances.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV
It’s a simple path. We are to trust the One who is able to consistently supply those things. The God who loves us is able to give us hope because of His power and might. He can fill us with joy and peace in the face of any and every financial crisis or catastrophe. If we trust in Him, the Holy Spirit will supply our souls with what we need. No human being can do that.
We often put too much trust in people. They become our hope. But our hope should be in God. Because only He has the power and authority to change a situation or carry us through it, if that’s what He deems necessary. With every financial difficulty or crisis we face, we can have joy and peace if we simply trust that God has it under control. We shouldn’t sweat the outcome, though honestly. that’s easier to say than to do. Whether it works out the way we expect or hope is less important than trusting that whatever the end result, God knows what he’s doing.
Stepping Out in Faith with God’s Prescription
I am not going to tell you it’s easy to follow this prescription. On paper it seems so simple. But oh, honey, let me tell you, it often is far from simple. Right now, as we start 2016, my family is beginning some major efforts to once and for all get financially healthy. And there are some major challenges and hurdles to get there. But we have a ministry at our church that can help us. There are other resources available to us as well. And we will take advantage of all of them, because frankly, without them we will fall on our faces and be “sick” all over again. But our most important resources will not and do not come from people. They are the Bible, prayer and obedience. These are the things I feel that God is telling us to lean on most. It is those three things that are going to take us the farthest and keep us steady throughout this process. And it’s a process. Never think getting your finances in order is a one pill fix. It’s not. I often wish it was, but then how would we ever learn anything?
What the Romans 15:13 prescription teaches us is that the peace we get from “letting go and letting God” is overwhelming and wonderful. Worry falls away. Sleep that has evaded us comes as a sweet respite. We begin to understand that no human can really fix our finances, only God can.
That next morning, I read the email. It was a yes. Did it fix our problem? Temporarily. And that’s the thing. While God may use people to help us, in the end, He’s the one at the helm. We need to acknowledge Him as the captain of our financial ship, the physician that can bring complete healing to our financial ills.
We need to take the necessary steps, but we need to trust Him and His process. Then the joy, peace and hope we seek will be ours, no matter what happens.