Let me ask a question…Would you allow someone to manage your financial accounts and personal savings that is personally in debt, has never themselves saved money, accumulated wealth or managed property? I’m guessing you would not. Why then do we expect the Lord to just dump money in our laps without us ever learning the principles of finance and money management? He expects us to prepare and take action.
When Elisha encountered the widow woman who was in serious financial need he did not just write her a check…to use today’s terminology. She was a godly woman who was in desperate need, but he still asked her to participate with him in the financial blessings he was about to release. This is a picture of how God the Father asks us to participate in receiving from him today. It is interesting to note that Elisha required the widow woman to collect vessels to contain the oil that was to be poured out, and she was rewarded according to her level of participation. If she had gathered more containers she would have gotten more financial reward. Interesting. Can we be motivated to work and prepare for God’s blessing?
The Bible states the most amazing thing about Hezekiah. The simple truth of this Bible passage has revolutionized my life especially in the area of finances.
This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered (2 Chronicles 31:20-21).
Hezekiah sought his God. He worked wholeheartedly and so he prospered. After stating what Hezekiah did was good and right and faithful, we are given his methodology that was so pleasing to God. Can we do the same? First seek the Lord earnestly in prayer, then apply all of our spirit, soul and body to the task at hand…be it financial or otherwise… and then expect God’s prosperity will follow. It is a simple, practical three-step process, and I have found that it works.