Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
As married Christian men, one of our responsibilities among many include taking care of our families financially. The Bible is emphatically clear when it declares, “that a man who doesn’t provide for his family has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Read that again: A man who doesn’t provide for his family has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Paul is telling Timothy that if a man fails to provide for his household, he has completely rejected all that the gospel stands for. Even those who don’t know God have a natural affection and responsibility to serve their family in this regard.
At the time of this article, I’ve been happily married for eight months. This season of marriage has opened my eyes to a greater degree of what taking care of a wife means. (I can only imagine what it will be like when kids come!)
I want to make sure she’s well taken care of.
I can hear the married men saying, “Amen, brother!”
Providing for a family encompasses many aspects such as emotional, spiritual and relational. The scope of today’s blog is from a financial and spiritual perspective.
In my pursuit of taking care of my family, I find myself tempted to forget what the Bible says in Deuteronomy 8:18. If you’ve served God for any amount of time, the subtle influence of the the flesh, devil and the world can sneakily creep in like a thief breaking into the home without you even realizing it.
But when you realize that God has a greater picture in mind with you and your family in it, we can have steadfast confidence that He always provides as we honour Him.
There are three progressive revelations I’ve learned in our scripture:
1. Remember the Lord our God.
When the Bible speaks about remembering the Lord our God, He’s speaking about remembering who He is: His character, His works, His kindness toward us. In the hustle and bustle of the dealings of the cares of this world, we can easily operate in such a way that factors out God working in and around us.
We, the people of God, live as if He doesn’t exist! It’s quite possible to do just that while naming the name of Christ.
There have been times where I wake up in the morning, go work my job, come home and pay the bills and just chill out without regard to God. Sure, I have Him in my mind, and I might say a quick prayer but the QUALITY time with Him is lacking greatly. In other words, through my actions I have forgotten God: He isn’t first in my life but worry is!
I’m so filled with worry, wondering if my family and I will have enough to pay for future expenses (immigration fees, insurances and the like) that I shake like a leaf inwardly, forgetting that God is a Provider. Have you ever found yourself in that season?
Remembering God is a deliberate action. Forgetting to seek God daily is our natural navigational pull, if we let it.
2. Remember it’s not by our own strength.
Another point we fail to remember is that God is the one who gives us power to gain wealth. Many times we operate on our own strength; a dynamic that the Bible calls, “the arm of the flesh.”
I’m an introverted thinker. With my personality type, I like to gather all the information and ponder about it internally, formulate a plan and then finally execute. If it doesn’t make sense, I’m not doing it. Yet in the same token, sometimes God will ask me to do things that may not necessarily make sense to my natural thinking. Am I going to operate in the arm of the flesh? Are you?
When I know it’s God speaking to me & it’s confirmed by His word, will I continue to do what I think is right or will I obey what He says. There is a major difference between doing what seems right versus listening & obeying the word of God.
God has given us the strength or the power to gain wealth which is manifested in a multitude of ways ranging from creative thinking; having the ability to see a solution to a problem, or the ability to communicate; a connector who’s able to rally people together to accomplish the intended purpose.
Yet with all the talents God gives us, we in our carnal thinking believe it’s by our own might that we gain wealth.
3. Remember what really matters: Establishing the gospel covenant.
I remember some time ago when I was at a church service and the preacher challenged the congregation to give in such a way where it would make you uncomfortable. He challenged us to sacrificial giving.
I recall the Spirit of God speaking to me to give a certain (significant) amount. Why would God do that through the man of God?
The call to give was in the context of launching people out into the field so that they are enabled to preach the gospel. In other words, God spoke to me to give for the cause of establishing the new covenant in an area where a people are in desperate need of a Saviour.
This meant that God was going to use the finances that He has placed into my hands to reach individual lives who don’t know Him.
This is what it means to establish His covenant.
God has given you and I the power to gain wealth so that the good news of salvation can be declared through all the world.
You don’t have to worry.
As I think and meditate on this scripture, I realize that God will take care of my family as we trust Him daily. We don’t have to worry for lack because He always takes care of His children. The question is whether or not you and I will obey Him in remembering Him, knowing that our ability to gain wealth is for a greater purpose than what we can dream of.
I want to leave you with the encouragement to trust the Lord as you honour Him in this area of your life!
Post written by Rex Le- Blogger at rexle.net