Stewardship: Money Is a Test
I have several grandchildren who are facing final exams in their middle and high school classes. Exams are no fun, especially when they back up to Christmas and inhibit the joy of the season!
It’s interesting to watch the different children respond to the stress of exams. My oldest grandson is mostly worried about which girl he will study with on the phone rather than which equations he has to commit to memory in Chemistry. My oldest granddaughter assumes her grades will be good because she always assumes that life will go her way. She’ll study, but she won’t be too worried about it. Another grandson is on the verge of failing a class or two, and he’ll feel the brunt of the pressure of exams that “matter.” And, another granddaughter is counting her average as it moves higher and higher; she will not be satisfied with anything less than perfection during exams.
We have tests in our grown-up lives, as well. I believe that issues surrounding money are some of the most common tests that God uses to shape us into His image. The “curriculum” of spiritual growth requires that we put into practice the things we are learning in our walk with Him. Money is a perfect vehicle for us to practice what God is teaching us, or for Him to take the training wheels off our bikes and see how well we balance.
In the testing process, it is important to remember the purposes of God, our professor, and the love of God, our Father. First of all, the heart of the Father God toward His children is the perfected image of our own hearts toward our children. He seeks our greater good and His richer glory. Simply put, He loves us.
Secondly, times of testing are not “one size fits all.” God our professor makes these tests uniquely for us. Exam season in our hearts may mean that He wants to focus our attention (away from the “girls” that distract), it may mean that He wants to remind us of the uncertainty of our earthly home so that we take pleasure in our heavenly one (rather than believing that this life is the best life), it may mean that He wants to call us to wisdom and excellence (away from the failures we face), or it may mean that He seeks to extend grace (when we strive too hard for perfection).
However God is using money in your life right now, praise Him for being a perfect professor and a perfect Father…all in one. His tests are not wasted, and our trials are eternally significant.
May God’s peace encourage you as you pursue financial wisdom and depend on His Truth.
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