From the age of 16 to 25, I could not trust myself with money. My goal was to get rid of it as if having it offended me. I would tell myself, “I need to start saving money.” Then literally anyone in my life would say something simple like, “Hey, how are you?” and my first response was, “Hi. We should go eat out … my treat!”
Between the ages of 25 to 35, I went to the opposite extreme. I trusted myself too much and did not include God in any of my money-making decisions. It was because I was older and wiser, or so I thought. Once I had my plan together, then I would let God know what I had decided to do and how he could help me.
Both in my youth and in my so-called wiser days, I made the error of not trusting God to lead me. I didn’t trust him to take charge and guide my steps. Now at the age of 37, if I find a $5 bill under a couch cushion, my first inclination is to ask God what I should do with it.
Instead of asking God to bless our decisions, we should start off by asking God for help. Then, based on what he says, we should make plans. That goes for finances, relationships, children and all the rest.
Jesus instructed us to trust in God and to also trust in him. He is wiser than anyone and loves us more than we can imagine, so we should trust that he knows what he is talking about.
Heavenly Father, please help me to stop relying on myself and to trust you in every aspect of my life, no matter how small it is. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Go Deeper — Pick one aspect of your life where you are a control freak: finances, kids, spouse, chores… Then specifically pray to trust God more in that area of your life. Repeat that prayer every day this month and see how God responds.
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