…by Larry McManus
When we think of these two phrases together: “Financial peace” and “find blessing”, we often picture that televangelist who promises health and wealth with every donation you may send him. It’s almost a “give to get” mentality that is rooted in the initial selfish thought of “what’s in it for me”. However, we see that God’s word has so much more to say about financial peace than we may suspect.
When it comes to finances and blessing, some of us may go to the other extreme and think “it’s all logical, quite simple math and there is no superstitious blessing at the end”. After all “you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip” right? I mean how can I give a tenth if I’ve already spent 110% on other things?
Most of us find ourselves somewhere in between these two places. How will God bless me? This really is not the right question, rather, how will I trust Him? It’s a matter of faith, trusting God’s authority in this principle of giving rather than mere logic or self-preservation. The wonderful thing is that there is a greater reward attached to our giving. God calls it “blessing” or favor.
I loved to hear Greg and Jenny’s story of faith and finances. It should compel us to do as God says and “test Him” more in the area of generosity. A friend of mine used to always say “it’s not how much you make, but how much you save”. I have modified that saying for myself to: “it’s not how much you make, but how you give and save that counts.” It’s true, we can’t “out give” God, just test Him and see.