Today many people think He doesn’t. We are told we can pray for people but we can not pray for things because God is only concerned about our spiritual needs. If someone comes to us with dire financial problems then we just have to pray “that God’s will will be done” but not to ask God to meet that financial need. We are told to pray for Gods will to be done in all matters especially when it concerns our finances and then we are to accept whatever happens as Gods will for us. When our financial needs are not met we are told that God must have wanted it that way for a reason and that we must need to learn something through it all. What we need to learn is what the Bible actually says and not what someone thinks up in their own mind about what they believe.
God has always had something to say about our finances from the Old Testament to the New Testament. When He brought the Israelites out of Egypt back in Exodus 12:36
The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!
If Gods will was for His people to be poor then why did He bring His people out of Egypt with all of the Egyptians wealth. God was concerned about their finances. He wanted them to have money to meet their needs.
Lets look at at
2 Kings 4:1-7
1 One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” 2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. 3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. 4 Then go into your house with your sons and shut he door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” 5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. 6 Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. 7 When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”
Here is a widow who has a creditor banging on her door demanding payment. Doesn’t this kind of thing still happen today? Phones sure make this easier to happen and its still as stressful to deal with now as it was then. We may not have creditors threatening to take our children into slavery but we do have them threatening to take our houses and our cars. I think its important to notice how she responded. She didn’t call up her friends and tell them she didn’t know what to do. She didn’t call her children in and tell them they were going to be slaves. She responds by going to the Lord through the prophet Elisha. God gives her a message through Elisha that not only pays her debts but gives her enough so that she and her sons could live their lives on it. Now that’s abundance. Why are we told that we can’t ask the Lord for guidance in paying our debts. Isn’t God still the same today? But we have a better intercessor than she had because we have Jesus. When we ask God for guidance in paying our debts He will help us. God cares about our financial needs. He cared about this widow woman who was being hounded by creditors. How much more does God care about us His very own children? Back then they weren’t in fellowship with God like we are today because of Jesus.
Well you may say that’s the Old Testament and we’re under the New Testament now. Well, lets see what Jesus had to say about helping us with our financial needs.
24 On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house. But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?” 26 “They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! 27 However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.”
Peter was approached by a tax collector about he and Jesus not paying their debt. Just like the widow woman in the Old testament. Even Jesus and the disciples had people trying to collect from them. How did Peter respond? Just like the widow woman he went to the Lord. When Peter went and told Jesus, Jesus gave him the means to get the money. He didn’t tell Peter that it was Gods will for him to not have enough. In fact, He told Peter how to get enough for Both of their taxes. God wants us to be able to pay our bills…even our taxes. Just like the widow woman in the Old testament she was given the solution and more than enough. I think its also worth noting that in both of these occasions they were asked to use the resources that they had experience with. It wasn’t a new thing that they had to go out and do for them to be able to pay the debt. They weren’t told to work longer or get a 2nd job. The woman was asked what she had in the house and told to use the oil. Peter who was a commercial fisherman before He was called by God was told to go fishing. He knew how to fish but instead of selling his catch and collecting money from his work, Jesus was teaching him how to rely on God has his source…go fishing but get your money out of the fishes mouth. God is our source. Neither solution to pay off the debt was too hard for them to accomplish but it did take faith. The widow woman had to act in faith to go and borrow several jars to put the oil in and she had to believe that the oil would keep producing. Peter had to act in faith that when he opened the mouth of the fish that he would find a coin.
1 After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. 3 Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. 4 (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) 5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money[a] to feed them!” 8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” 10 “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” 13 So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.
Once again someone was in lack concerning money. Philip said they didn’t have enough money to feed all the people but the scriptures say that Jesus was testing Philip because Jesus already knew what He was going to do. God already knows how He is going to meet our needs its not our job to figure it out. It’s our job to trust Him and have faith in His word. How many times are we being tested and instead of giving what we have to God we try and figure out how we can meet our needs with it? Philip knew that even if they worked for months they could never get enough money together to feed these people. This is impossible he told Jesus. But nothing is impossible with God. He told them to sit down and His blessing supplied more than enough for everyone to eat.
Jesus was concerned for the poor. All throughout his ministry he was helping the poor and telling others to GIVE to the poor. Jesus said that He came to do the works of the Father. If God wanted people stay poor then why was Jesus trying to get money to them?
In Proverbs 19:17 it says “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—
and he will repay you!
Why does God say that He will repay us for giving to the poor if He wanted us to be poor too? Why would He ask those with money to give to those without money if His whole idea was that everyone would be without money? It seems to me that the world has this backwards. If God wanted people to be poor than He would be telling everyone to become poor instead of telling them to give to the poor so that they wouldn’t be poor anymore. To me it seems like God wants everyone to be blessed and the ones that are rich can give some to the poor so that they don’t have to live in poverty. God is trying to get people out of poverty not trying to make the rich become poor. But bring the poor up so that they aren’t poor anymore. God wills to help us meet our financial needs so that in doing so we have enough to help others meet their needs and everyones needs get met.
Everyone can agree that the Apostles did the will of God.
In Acts 4:32-35
32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.
In some translations it reads “there was no poverty among them”. God wants everyone to be blessed. The early church lacked nothing. They shared among themselves and they had Gods blessing. I believe God still intends this for His church today. He cares about our financial needs and He wants us to live life in the overflow.