Financial Hope for the New Year

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A few years ago, a single mother I know was in a tough spot financially. She was trying to juggle raising her kids, working at her job, and paying the household expenses, but she was alone. Their finances were very, very tight.

“What do I do?” she asked God.

One day someone gave her an old junker car. Thank you? she thought dubiously. What do I do with this thing?

Rather than feel offended or hopeless, she decided to be proactive and innovative. She felt like God said, “Rent this car.” So she fixed it up, cleaned it, put together a contract, and began to lease the vehicle. Accepting her terms, clients started paying her money every month, increasing her income.  

The last time we spoke, I think this woman had more than ten vehicles in her “fleet,” and she was able to quit her job because her car-rental company covers all her needs.

As Prosperous Souls, we get to experience the truth of 3 John 1:2 and all its benefits on a daily basis: “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” That verse is a description of our lives.

In the Prosperous Soul community, many of us have amazing stories of how God has blessed our families and businesses. We sensed His leading, and through His wisdom we innovated a solution. We chose not to operate solely from the details right in front of us, but we let Him teach us how to look ahead and think long term. 

If you are still waiting for your breakthrough, don’t give up. Ask God for wisdom, for He gives it “generously” and “without reproach” (James 1:5–6).

Take the Initiative

Life is messy. That is the reality all of us have to face, but we can face it boldly because of Christ; we can step forward knowing that nothing surprises God. Though it all surprises us, we can choose to coordinate and co-labor with the Lover of our souls.

When we see unsettling news in the headlines or in our bank accounts, we get to respond in freedom: “This is not a surprise to God—I just need to adapt. I need to happen to my life. I’m not a victim, where things happen to me. Nor am I a villain, where I need to get revenge and get even. I am a hero who acts with wisdom.”

As heroes, we take initiative. We approach God and ask, “What do I need to do? How should I be learning and growing? What secrets are You giving me, Father?” Then as we learn these secrets, we apply our hands and our brains, and we begin to move forward.

If we’re stuck in the past, we rapidly become dinosaurs. We start to depend on stasis rather than creation. At the beginning of the biblical record, God’s first instruction to humanity was to be fruitful and multiply, which is a creative concept. We shouldn’t be afraid of creative change or even creative destruction, which is when creativity destroys old systems—what we should “fear” is stasis.

A Prosperous Soul initiates and innovates in a dynamic, changing environment.

Seek the Wise One

As 2019 begins, if you feel “stuck,” go to God and ask Him for wisdom in what you should do in your home and business. Whether you own that business or not, you can still ask for wisdom. Take hold of what He says and put it into practice. The new year doesn’t have to look the same as the old one.

To learn more about seeking God and stewarding your money, we recommend Money and the Prosperous Soul by Stephen K. De Silva. Click here for more information.

Lauren Stinton