Summary: The Apostle Paul is our model in finding financial security. This message declares that Jesus is our most valuable resource.
Honoring God with our Finances
A few of you in the congregation may have lived through the Great Depression of 1929. October 24th, 1929 became known as the Black Thursday. That’s the day when a collapse of the American economy caught most of the country’s financial community off guard. Earlier that same year Herbert Hoover in his inaugural address had predicted that, “the final triumph over poverty is close at hand.”
Trading on the stock exchange had been normal on the 24th, but by eleven that morning orders to sell seemed to take over. A sell panic swept the floor, driving down prices before a group of powerful bankers pooled their resources and bought shrewdly to restore confidence. By the closing bell the market leveled off.
Friday was normal and Hoover urged calm. “The fundamental business of the country” he said, “is on a sound and prosperous basis.” But the following week the market once again tumbled and continued to slide into November as many large and small investors went under. Banks folded, destroying people’s savings. Wages were slashed. The unemployment rate rose to 16 percent.
During the Great Depression a number of frightened businessmen jumped out of windows to their deaths. With the crash of the market came the crash of many lives. The closing bell sounded and many were terrified that they had lost it all.
People who went through the depression lived with a much more careful mindset about money than their children and grandchildren. Those who went through the Great Depression were afraid it might happen again.
Our Scripture text for today gives God’s promises on “How to Overcome Financial Insecurity.”
“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.
At the moment I have all I need-more than I need! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable to God and pleases him. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
From this passage we learn that
I. Financial Security is an Attitude of the Heart.
The Apostle Paul could say, “I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little.” Anyone with this attitude can say, “I’m okay whether I have a six or seven-figure income or I’ve been without work for a long time. “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. “I can make it not on nothing, but almost nothing. I also know how to live when it’s like the heavens just opened up and money is raining down in buckets.”
What was Paul’s secret to financial security. It wasn’t conditioned to his bank account. He had this assurance, “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.”