Stop Worrying, Already!

by Lester Young

Ever wonder where money’s gonna come from?  And how it’s gonna to get to you, especially when up till now it seems to have made a conscious decision to stay away from you in droves?  If you’re exercising faith toward God in the area of finances – and you definitely should be – it’s pretty normal to contemplate just how it’s going to (or could ever) happen.

But, normal or not, I’d like to pass on a little piece of advice to you, if I may: just stop worrying about it, because it ain’t none of our business where the Lord gets the money from to prosper His people.  Just know that it’ll be legal and ethical, because He’s a legal and ethical God (Leviticus 19:35-37; Deuteronomy 25:14-16; Job 8:3) – and just and faithful and righteous, too (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 98:9).  So, if someone comes to you with an ‘opportunity’ that seems a little, shall we say, shady, you can be sure that isn’t coming from God.

I wouldn’t give you any advice that wasn’t based squarely on God’s Word (because He’d hold me personally accountable for that – and that’s one little question-and-answer session I’d just as soon pass on).  1 Peter 5:7 says to cast all of your cares, worries and anxieties over onto Him – and ‘all’ actually does mean all.  Besides, all the silver and gold (and all the other riches of the world) are His anyway, right? (Psalm 50:10-12, 104:24; Haggai 2:8)  So, there’s no great need for us to concern ourselves with how it will happen.

What, then, should we be doing with our attention, our main focus?  Placing it on God, by spending time in His Word and in prayer – daily.  The Lord Jesus said (basically), “Why bother to worry about your life, what you’re going to eat or drink or wear?  There are much more important things going on than just that.  Worry changes nothing anyway.  Besides, God already knows about all your needs, so there’s absolutely no reason for you to even think about them like the rest of the world does.  Instead, first and foremost, you go after the Kingdom of God – His wisdom, His knowledge and how He operates, and learning and conforming to what He says is right.  You do that, and He’ll make sure that you get all the rest of those ‘things'” (Matthew 6:25-33).

We should be busying ourselves seeking and studying the Lord’s Wisdom.  After all, it’s the first and most important thing we should attempt to grab hold of (Proverbs 4:7).  God, through the wisdom of His Word, will lead us in the way that we should personally go in our lives (Psalm 37:23; Proverbs 21:29).  That’s why the Lord is our Shepherd; He leads, guides and provides for us (Psalm 23: 1-3).  And, on top of that, when we make it a point to put His wisdom to use, it will also bring us riches, honor and a long, healthy life (Proverbs 3:16).  What A Bargain!  Remember King Solomon? (1 Kings 3:5-14)  It’s right there in black and white.

Actually, though, the Lord does give us a broad overview of where our money will come from.  Isaiah 45:3 says that He’ll give His anointed ones the treasures of darkness.  Ecclesiastes 2:26 states that the sinner’s lot in life – from God – is to gather and heap up riches in order to give them to the person who’s good in God’s sight.  And, Proverbs 28:8 declares that money gained by unlawful and unjust means is ultimately gathered for and given to those who’ll use it compassionately to help the poor.  Recall that Israel, when delivered from Egypt, as their last official act before bouncing out the door, snatched up all the money and riches in the country – by God’s order! (Exodus 3:21-22, 12:35-36).  So you see, the money’s coming from the Dark Side over to the children of Light (Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5) – “it is written!”  What’s actually none of our concern are the details.  But that’s okay; it’s coming anyway.  If we make it a point to take care of His business, He’ll make it a point to take care of ours (Matthew 6:33; Luke 2:49; John 9:4).

 

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6 Comments to “Stop Worrying, Already!”

  1. Thank you Lester. You are a blessing. I have just finished commenting on another of your article that I really enjoyed reading. I am so happy that your articles go directly to my facebook audience because I am sure they are enjoying it.
    have a great day.
    Ciao,
    Patricia

  2. Lester, what a word from the Lord! I recently accepted a call to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators and am in the process of developing my support team – those who will serve as my prayer and financial base during my term of service. Throughout the process, there has been an abiding assurance that where God has called, God will provide! I felt like your post was just another gentle reminder.

    • Hi Anna!
      God’s blessing will always be in what and where He directs us to do and go…and when we proceed in obedience, that’s simply “dwelling in His secret place” (Psalm 91:1). Congratulations on your new position; I’m sure you’ll excel in that work for God’s glory. And rest assured, He’s got your back! Hey, thanks for stopping by, and God bless you…

      Lester

  3. Amen, Lester! The area if finances is very important, or the Bible would not be talking about it! And the Lord says that it is He Who teaches us to prosper. It is He Who gives us the power to get wealth. But as you say, our priorities should be set right, because it is God we serve, and not mammon.

    • When we keep things straight – according to God’s Way and not our own – He’s totally faithful to do all that He’s already promised in His Covenant to us. Thank for stopping by, Dee!

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