“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.” – Psalm 9:10.
Most Christians want to believe they are trusting God with their money. And why not? Who wants to admit they love money more than they love God or that they worry about their future more than they trust God with it? We all want to believe we are trusting God with our money; the only problem is … sometimes … deep in our hearts, we know it’s not entirely true. We know our checkbook does not reflect the life of someone who has given God everything. Giving expresses our trust in God.
Do we trust what God is doing in our human relationships, our careers, and our health? Do we really trust God? How do we develop trust in God? Financial giving is actually one of God’s key training grounds to produce a trust connection between us and Him.
There is nothing more relational than trust. If we trust our wife or our husband it means that we don’t have to check on them. If we trust your teammate, we know they’ll be there when we need them to be. If we trust our friend, we know they’ll keep their promise.
Trust is always based on a relationship. Once we have gotten to know someone’s character, we can predict much of what they will do. But even in the times when we don’t know for sure what they will do, we don’t sweat it, because we know their character well enough to trust them to do what is in our best interest.
Do we know and trust God? Do we know His character? God wants us to know and trust Him so that even when we can’t see for sure what He is doing, we don’t doubt Him. Financial concerns seem to be an area that tests the trust of all people no matter what economic level they are. God wants to use this constant tangible area of life to draw us closer to Him. As we give back to God in sacrificial worship, we are telling God that we really do trust Him. As a result, He is honored and we will come to know the peace of trusting God with our financial situation.
- Do you trust God with your finances as much as other parts of your life?
- What makes it so difficult to fully trust God?