Have you ever wondered if your financial problems are somehow related to your spiritual life? Like many, we have been struggling financially. I always want to be careful to not over-spiritualize things, but this is the deal: in Psalm 115, verse 13 it says, “God will bless those who fear the Lord.” I have to be honest, I have been fearing circumstances, the economy, and uncertainty, more than I have been fearing God.
What does fearing God mean and how does it relate to our finances?
Fearing God doesn’t mean being afraid of Him. It has more to do with honoring, respecting, and giving Him authority in our lives to lead us. Let me give you an example: when I continue to do things or think things that, I know, are not honoring to God, I am not fearing Him. When I start “taking matters into my own hands” and trying to figure it out on my own, I’m not fearing Him.
So, how does all this relate to our finances? This is what I know about God: He loves us. He really does. He wants to help us. He wants to bless us. You may not believe this, but He is like the best, and most loving, father. And what loving father will give His kids a brick when they ask him for bread? But if we don’t honor God as the loving father he is, we don’t get blessed by His hands. If we don’t fear him by living according to His word, then we won’t be blessed by God.
But if we strive to live rightly and let Him lead us (give up control), then it is very possible God will look out for us. It’s like a scene from the movie, “Facing the Giants” where the coach taught his players: “Whether we win or lose, we will praise Him.”
Let’s give God a chance to show us His kindness by having a healthy fear of Him.