Money money money! Must be funny in a rich man’s world…
Money money money! Always sunny in a rich man’s world…
It’s crazy how money is the centre of almost all our daily affairs. Direct debit will take your money while you’re sleeping. Your salary might come in while you’re going about your day. A sudden circumstance can cause an unplanned dispensation to your already struggling savings. You leave your house: money. You stay at home: money. You go to work: money. You eat: money. You get the point.
A guest minister at our church, Pastor Goodheart Ekwueme said something that has stuck with me since I heard it.
You know, we can knowingly or unknowingly prioritise the money making activities (e.g. work/business) in our lives to the detriment of family relationships, friendships, and even more so when it comes to the things of God. Pastor Goodheart said this, “Money is an expression of your life because to an extent it reflects your time, your strength, your skills and your ability. Hence why it is the closest thing that can truly take the place of God in the hearts of men” (paraphrased). Hearing this really made so much sense to me as to why the Bible is so adamant that we refrain from the love of money. You can’t serve two masters! (Matthew 6:24)
He also gave so many examples as to how he developed a healthy attitude to money which made him adopt the mentality that “money is to be your servant, not your master” (paraphrased). Anything that controls you or has the deepest part of your heart and mind is your master and you are in flat out idolatry mode especially when God’s spot in your heart and mind pales in comparison. And when you love money, the evil it brings about is the fact that it could lead you away from your faith and towards dependency on the works of your hand as opposed to your self-sufficiency in God. And trust me, from experience and biblical understanding, relying on the works of your hand causes too much worry and stressin’ (1 Timothy 6:10).
I remember last month when we were raising funds in church to extend our Children’s Church. I know immediately how much God laid on my heart to give personally. I thought it was very inconveniently timed of God for fundraising to happen at this particular time because the week before that, an uncle had come into town and just gifted me with £1,000. So when God laid it on my heart to give a good chunk of this money away, my first thought was “Really? You gon’ play me like that??“. I mean, I had plans for this cash, okay?!
I initially contemplated giving the full sum that God had placed on my heart all at once but I decided instead to to give in monthly instalments. By the next Sunday, I felt a strong conviction to just give the lump sum in one go. Thinking about it, this was money I didn’t plan to have so why should I be so tight-fisted with it?
The Wednesday after I had given the lump sum donation, our agent slams us with a one month notice to find a new flat as the landlord wants his flat back. Umm, great timing! Anyone who is familiar with the renting world knows this is some serious money about to be dished out especially as it was completely unplanned.
Now that being said, I have a go-to person for sudden expenses like this so it really wasn’t at the top of my list of concerns money-wise but as flat hunting began, coupled with my desire to have my own one bedroom flat, the expenses were just looking crazy.
A million thoughts were going through my head, “maybe I should just settle for a lesser place“, “maybe I should just find someone to share with”, “maybe I should just move in with my aunt”, and even “Oh! If I had known I would have delayed my donation”. But none of those other options appealed to me. So I knew somehow that God’s will is not for me to settle or accept what I have no desire for, at least not in this situation. I’m the child of a Heavenly King for crying out loud!
So this morning, my go-to person started making certain statements that signified they would only be able to offer partial help but that wouldn’t be enough to meet the target and I felt the palpitations. I started thinking who else do I go to for help at such a crucial time? (I need to be out of my current flat by next weekend!) I started lamenting on the fact that if my now-delayed-by-a year salary increase wasn’t delayed, this could be mitigated. All my initial thoughts were on what I could do or what someone else could do for me in this predicament.
But as things were unfolding, I started to pray and speak my hearts desires into existence. I started to look upwards at the One I should have looked at first. As I was praying, certain songs started popping into my mind and the first one was Jeremy Camp’s I Will Not Be Afraid and Candy Staton’s Hallelujah Anyway. And singing these reminded me of the power of praise in the midst of problems and I felt my peace being restored.
Now the end of all this hasn’t manifested yet but I know God will never leave me hanging. He can drop the exact money I need from the sky or He can turn the hearts of men to work on my behalf. I dunno how He’ll do it but what I do know is that I’ll be sorted. As I said on Instagram a couple of days back, His desire is for us to be self-sufficient in Him and have enough to require no aid or support through His abundant grace (2 Corinthians 9:8 AMP). Sometimes the testimony isn’t in the end result but rather in how God developed a stronger character in you. After all, that’s all you’re gonna leave this world with!
If this was the old me, I would have adopted a less peaceful approach for sure! I would have started running helter skelter and trying to work things out with my earthly knowledge but I’ve learnt that one must learn to take a step back and say “Okay God, show them who I’m rocking with!” Without faith, ladies and gentlemen, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6)
So next time money appears to elude you, just remember that it is your God-given servant and it has simply gone on an errand for you and will soon return.
Wait and pray with me in faith as I await the heavenly abracadabra God is about to do for me 🙂 . Till then, here’s to more bold declarations of faith in an awesome God,
The Steph Way