Worry-Free Finances

Money is a good servant but a bad master. Bacon

It was around 1989 and I owned an appraisal company. We lived in a nice neighborhood in a nice house with a nice two-car garage with two nice cars. Carolyn and I even had two nice children. Everything seemed "nice" but beneath the surface, it was anything but. We had a mortgage, a second mortgage, a new car loan and credit cards that were maxed-out.

To complicate matters, the real estate market that we depended on for our income slowed down and business came to a near halt. We were in trouble! We tried to sell our home, but had no takers. If things kept going in the same direction, we would lose our nice house in the nice neighborhood. What could we possibly do? I was, to say the least, worried. What happened next was to have a significant impact, not only for my life at that particular moment, but for the rest of my life...I humbled myself in prayer.

I was walking through the basement of our home, thinking of all our financial woes, and it dawned on me: God was still in control! This might seem obvious to you but for me, at that time, it was an epiphany. So I turned my problem over to God. I can remember praying to God that I would work as hard as I could, if I had work to do, but it was His will I needed. And, it was slowly dawning on me, the only thing that mattered was His will. Within a year from that moment we had every bill other than our first mortgage paid off. We even paid off a family loan of over $10,000 that we had all but given up on.

Now, if you were to think that the point of all of this is that if we pray to God we will get what we want, you would be wrong. The critical factor was that for the first time in a long time, I not only prayed for God's will, but I actually longed for God's will - even if it wasn't what I had in mind. And life changed. It happened when I finally realized that God, not money, was my master. Could this help your life?

So do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For the pagans run after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 6:31-33, NIV