One of the ways God uses money is to teach each and every one of us lessons about money. Until we learn to responsibly handle all He has provided, it is unlikely He will bless us with more. He is a God of many chances, but He wants to ensure you are learning key lessons along the way!
God’s desire is to teach us life lessons through the use of finances. In our day-today lives, there are certain lessons to be learned. There are times when I have failed miserably with the wealth God has entrusted to me. I have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars making foolish mistakes. However, it is how we learn from these mistakes that determines our future.
Why does God use money to teach us lessons?
It says in Matthew 6:19-25 “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Whenever we place our money somewhere, we develop a strong interest where our money goes. God wants to train our hearts to long for Him and place him above money. We often see God using money as a tool to do some of the following things:
1. God uses finances to meet our basic needs.
2. He uses money to strengthen our faith.
3. He uses money to prove His power.
4. God uses our finances to direct our lives.
5. God uses money to teach us financial freedom
6. God uses money to help us face ourselves
Is God Providing For Your Needs?
What if God does not seem to supply what we think is a need? If the funds to buy an item are insufficient and God does not seem to supply the money, you should ask the following questions:
God answers prayers with a yes, no, or not now response. We often see the “no” and “not now” responses as one in the same. We forget that it is in God’s time, not our own. There is a bigger plan. There is another piece to the puzzle. You need to learn certain lessons before proceeding to the next chapter of your life. If your financial prayers are not be answered think about these questions:
1) Was my prayer for a need or something I want?
2) What are my intentions and where is my heart?
3) Am I trying to deceive God by not having pure intentions?
4) Did I misspend the money God has already sent?
5) Have I violated a financial principle in God’s Word?