Is the World’s financial Wisdom just as good as God’s?
Financial unity starts with being on the same page with God about money. But there are 3 deceptions that can stand in the way: 1. If you choose to follow God, you’ll have to give up everything comfortable, 2. you ultimately do have to look out for yourself, and 3. The world’s wisdom is just as good as God’s.
In this post, we’ll discuss the third deception: that handling your finances according to “worldly” wisdom will benefit you just as much, if not more, than handling them according to Biblical wisdom.
But here’s the truth: God’s ways are perfect, He is smarter than we are, and He will teach you whatever you need to know. God wants to show you the way you should go, so don’t come to Him like you already know!
Psalm 18:30 tells us that God knows the perfect way to handle everything! Even if you’ve made choices that have gotten you into a mess, He’s not at a loss about what to do. He really does have the perfect answer. He also has the perfect methods for dealing with money that can keep you out of a mess the next time!
Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God is also much smarter than humans are. Even though I’ll admit that some of the Biblical financial principles aren’t logical to me, and can sometimes be a challenge to stick to, they have been tested for thousands of years, and they’re right regardless of our circumstances or the current economic climate. Just know that anytime you have doubts, you can tell God about it. He will strengthen your resolve to trust and believe that He’s right!
And finally, James 1:5 tells us that if you need help knowing how to do something, God promises to give it to you. God doesn’t withhold wisdom from you because you don’t have a degree in Finance or because you’ve made mistakes in the past. Ask Him what to do, and He will tell you!
To summarize, God is perfect, He’s the smarter than us, and He promises to tell you what you should do. So does that make the case for following God’s wisdom instead of the world’s?
Take the next step to freedom and unity by asking God to help you believe that He is the wise, perfect, and generous source of financial wisdom, praying: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
Reflection: “ ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Journal: After meditating on the verses above, how would you answer the opening question? Share your thoughts below!