Can I ask God about money? Part 1
Yes, God cares about your finances. He has plans for you to prosper. He wants you to be blessed so that you can be a blessing to others. Our God is a more than enough God. He doesn’t just want to meet your needs, He wants to exceed them. He’s not worried about cleaning up spilled milk. In Psalm 23 He talks about how He fills our cup to overflowing! Let’s not let the world and our friends shape the way we believe God wants our finances to be. Let’s look to the Bible and learn from God what He has to say about it. God has always had something to say about our finances from the Old Testament to the New Testament. For today let’s look at a story in the Old Testament.
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, a single mother, who has a creditor banging on her door demanding payment. Sound familiar? They may not be knocking at the door but they sure do ring the phone night and day. Dealing with creditors is 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, our cars and our posssessions.
I think it’s 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 responded by going to the Lord through the prophet Elisha. She went to God for help and God heard her and answered her through Elisha. He gives her a solution 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. Is God still the same today? Today we don’t have to go to the Lord through a prophet. Jesus is our Intercessor today. He is at God’s right hand pleading on our behalf. Today we go to God through Jesus and in His name. 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 and He cares about us today when we are being hounded by creditors and debt also. God didn’t ask her to do something that was impossible for her to do. He asked her what she had in the house and then asked her to borrow some jars so that she could use what she already had. He didn’t tell her to go learn a new skill but instead blessed what she already had and the blessing caused the oil to flow until there was no more jars to fill. We do our part and God will do His part. She borrowed those jars and started pouring in faith that God would supply and He did.
God has the solution to your money problem. He cares about your finances. God will answer when you call out to Him, just like He responded to the widow. There is nothing impossible for Him. Have faith and believe that He wants to help, ask Him and then be obedient to His word. Paying off debt was not too hard to accomplish but it did take faith. So, can you ask God about money? The widow did and she paid off her debt and had money left over to live her life. What about you?