As the prices of daily necessities rise and our hearts sink ever deeper, money creeps into the premier slot of our thoughts. Though a constant anxiety for most of us, it is times like these that money, or the lack thereof, becomes a stressor of the nth degree. Food, gas, rent, loans, insurance, medical bills…all feel like nooses around our necks threatening to choke us out or drag us under for good.
Willard F. Harley, Jr. in his book, His Needs, Her Needs, claims that security is one of the biggest needs of women (can I get an Amen?). So if you feel crippling anxiety anytime that you are struggling to feed, house, or clothe yourself or your family, just know…you have oodles of company.
Yet, Scripture commands us not to worry about these things.
“…do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on…” (Matt. 6:25)
That is an impossible expectation for someone whose greatest need is security (aka all of womankind)…isn’t it? God designed us to need security, so why would He command us not to worry when it is threatened.
The answer is found a few verses earlier.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matt. 6:19-20)
We are putting our security in something that is false! Even though we feel safe when we have a padded bank account, a beautiful house, a nice retirement fund, an impressive salary…. Scripture tells us that these physical possessions are fleeting. They can easily be destroyed by moths and rust, stolen by thieves, or snatched away by schemes of the Enemy.
Christ however, promised us that if we seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness, that all of our needs (food, drink, clothing), would be given to us as well (Matt 6:33). When Christ promises you something, it is concrete, unshakable and eternal! All of Scripture is proof of God’s faithfulness, God unable to act against His own nature and character.
He offers us true security. A security that cannot be taken from us, but is given generously by a Father who knows our needs (Matt. 6:32), and who considers us of great value (Matt. 6:26).
When we place our security in money (bank accounts, employment, insurance, stock market, government entities, possessions) we are placing it as Master over our lives, allowing it to rule our decisions. God is calling us TODAY to oust our unsecure master and reposition Him as the supreme ruler of our lives, ridding us of our fear and anxiety in the process.
Thank you so much Desi!
This is very difficult for all of us who live in relative comfort. Scripture reminds me that I can find abundant life in worshiping God alone. He liberates me from the prison of my insecurities. Thanks again for the reminder.
When we trust God, we learn to be grateful as we see Him work miracles in our lives. We have so much but can look around ourselves and desire more than we need. Only God satisfies.