Trusting God for Finances
Trusting God for Finances
A Blog by Josh Anderson
Did you know that each Youth With A Mission student, volunteer, or staff member lives entirely off personal support raising and financial blessings?
To many, this sounds crazy. In fact, it's incredibly taboo in our culture. But, we believe that this is an integral part of entrusting every part of our lives to the Lord. Many of us had a hard time with it at first, but as we've seen God move in impossible ways to provide for His children, we learn to humble ourselves to live off of what God has provided. Actually, as time goes on, trusting God with finances becomes an incredible thing to witness and an amazing testimony to share!
Knowing The Source of All Provision
To make way for trusting God, we first must understand where provision comes from in the first place.
On a surface level, a transaction is the movement of money from person A (eg. a church member) to person B (eg. a missionary). The source of money, from this perspective is a the giver, person A (the church member). However, if we look at the transaction through the lens of a Biblical worldview, we see that God is the Creator and Provider of all things. It is, in fact, His provision that ultimately placed these funds in your hand -- whether you were given them or you got a paycheck.
In 1 Chronicles, David is preparing resources for his heir, Solomon, to build a temple for the Lord in Jerusalem. He proposes an incredibly abundant offering to the kingdom, for all to give money, resources, and craft skills to build such a magnificent structure. As an overflow of provision pours in, David cries out a blessing to God for what He had done:
Indeed, this is a three-way-transaction! All the provision that came to David was directly from the hand of God, as it was offered to God by the people. And it is God who creates in man a generous heart! This is what happens when we receive support from churches, businesses, friends and family. They give to us as an act of worship to God, and God uses these finances to bless those doing his work (Luke 10:7).
An Act of Worship & Faith
In God's Law for Israel, the people of Israel were to give the Levites -- the ministers -- ten percent of their wages, food, and provision as an act of worship and demonstration of trust in God as provider (Deuteronomy 18: 1 - 8). The priesthood was to live from these offerings. Today, God's ministers are people like missionaries and pastors and we trust that the Lord will bring people around us to support the work God has called us to.
Learning to trust God with finances is a process -- not a short or easy one. But, as we seek Scripture and continue on in faith, we continue to see the Lord's abundant provision. Whatever amount you need for your DTS, secondary school, staff fees or any other need that you have, you can trust and have faith that God will provide.
I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content... I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
The Apostle Paul (Philippians 4: 11 - 13)
Still have questions about support raising or trusting God with finances? Or do you want someone to pray with you while you learn how to entrust all things to God? Get in touch with us. We would love to walk alongside you in this.
Josh Anderson is on staff here at YWAM Yosemite, where he also did his DTS, with his wife Sabrina. Not only is he passionate about discipleship, sustainability and community development... but he’s also a bearded (or sometimes mustached) outdoorsman and an avid rock climber.