Bought by the Blood

October 19, 2009

Trusting God with Finances

Filed under: Boice,Finances,Greed,Habbakuk,Matthew,Trusting God,Unbelief — cubsfan1980 @ 9:52 pm
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Below is a great quotes by James Montgomery Boice that was written over 20 years ago and still rings true today especially in light of today’s economic climae.  It is definitely an area that I am seeking to apply the truth of God’s word to in my own life.

Woe to him u who heaps up what is not his own—
for v how long?—
and w loads himself with pledges!”
7  Will not your debtors suddenly arise,
and those awake who will make you tremble?
Then you will be spoil for them.
8  Because you have plundered many nations,
all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you,
for the blood of man and y violence to the earth,
to cities and all who dwell in them. – Habbakuk 2:6-8

Greed is a natural but destructive characteristic of the one who will not trust God.  If a person trusts God, he does not need to be covetous of more and more material possessions.  The Lord is the portion of the righteous.  Besides, the Lord amply supplies his need.  The Lord Jesus Christ spoke of God’s provision for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field and asked: ‘if that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown in the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?…Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well’ (Matt.6:30, 33). If a person trusts God, he does not need to acquire more and more possessions, since he knows God will provide what he needs.  If he does not trust God, then the need for things becomes a burden.  This world is an insecure place, and the individual is insecure within it.  So he works to get more and more in the hope that if he only has a little more land or stocks or capital, he may get by…

In the beginning, the person who is trying to build security with things probably intends to be quite honest in doing it.  But, somehow, what is acquired is never enough, and he therefore finds himself resorting to questionable and eventually to dishonest practices in the quest for more.  The verses also talk about this person’s “debtors,” suggesting that a person like this easily overextends himself and eventually falls prey to the collectors.  This is quite contemporary.  The people of the Western World are more in debt than they have ever been, and many are losing houses or other tangibles to collectors.  Many are going into personal bankruptcy.  These facts are testimonies to the truthfulness of God’s Word and proof of what happens when a person or nation rejects God and lives without Him.

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