We can often feel like we don’t have enough –
enough money to buy enough stuff to make us happy.
So, let’s ask ourselves. How much stuff will it take to make us happy?
We’ve all experienced that empty feeling a little while after we finally buy something we’ve wanted for a long time. Something we thought about so often that our want turned into a need. Something we really thought would make us happy.
Yes, we were happy. It was great! For a while.
And then we started to think about something else that we really wanted. That we needed. I will be happy when I get this next thing….
We weave a tangled web of discontent when we focus on our desires.
We are reminded of God’s provision as we read the historical account of the daily miracles God gave to the Israelites when he gave them manna in the morning and quail at night after their exodus from Egypt.
In the middle of the desert.
Quail at night. Manna every morning. Enough for each day.
He provided for them thousands of years ago.
And he provides for us today.
Just like the Israelites, we are often discontent with God’s provision.
We don’t trust him to take care of tomorrow so we are a workaholic today.
We don’t think he provides enough.
We can’t wait.
So we run up our credit cards, getting deeper and deeper in debt.
My small group Bible study is completing Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey.
I’m reminded that it’s never about how much we make, it’s about how much we spend. These 2 numbers need to match up.
We’ve taken several other financial studies through the years because we know that how we treat our money is important to God. So we have a lot of it figured out but we’ve gotten a little sloppy in some areas. I’m looking forward to improving our plan for telling our money where to go.
Avoiding debt is a huge factor is being able to be content with what God has already given us. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Philippians that we have to learn to be content. He calls it a secret because so few people learn it. That’s not easy in the midst of our culture which worships the ‘god of More’.
It comes down to trust.
Do we really trust God to provide for us?
Can we learn to be content with what he provides?
I believe that God provides more than enough when we are focused on him.
He provides for us physically and, even more important, he provides the important things that money can’t buy like love, peace, and joy.
How much joy do you have in your life?
We trust you to provide what is best for us, Abba Father.