Part 3: Vision

OK, so God needs to be in charge of your finances. The next thing we need to know is what God’s vision is for you. Proverbs 29:18 tells us that without vision, people are unrestrained (some translations say “perish.”) Financially, what does God really intend for your life and mine? It’s hard to build a long term strategy without catching God’s vision for our lives financially. We are not talking about what TV evangelists say, but what is the vision for God’s people actually recorded in scripture. Before we get into the details, it is important for you to catch a vision of the big picture for you and your family.

Here are some hints: From the Old Testament writings, we can see God’s interest in blessing his people with adequate and even abundant resources. It is clear He intensely loves the poor, and desires their blessing – both spiritually as well as materially. His general intent is that we prosper on all levels. Hey, He’s our Father after all. Let’s look at a few scriptures to catch His heart:

Deut 4: 40. You must keep His statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you today, that you and your children after you may prosper….

Deut 6:3. Hear then…and be careful to observe them [the statutes and commandments], that you may grow and prosper the more, in keeping with the promise of the Lord.

That is pretty clear. God explains the right way to act and to approach things so that we may prosper. That’s part of God’s broad vision and hope for us. God has given us free will – in a world where there are consequences for our actions. Generally speaking, the consequences are good for doing the right thing and bad for doing the wrong thing. To this end, God outlines in the Old Testament tips for handling our resources.

But there is more to God’s vision. His intention is that we prosper and in our prospering, we be able to reflect His own nature. Think with me about God’s nature. Exodus 34:6 describes the wonderful God who has created us. God is gracious and kind, stubbornly faithful in relationships, always true, slow to anger and full of forgiveness. One of God’s intentions for us as stewards of His grace is that we in turn show ourselves “abounding in love and faithfulness,” demonstrating graciousness, kindness and mercy. In our abundance, He calls us to enter into His nature and shower those in need with both spiritual and material gifts.

Let’s sum up this simple two-part vision: prosperity is meant to both bless you and those in need around you. It is a prosperity that is embedded with extraordinary generosity.  And God’s hope is that “when you hearken to the voice of the Lord, all the blessings [outlined in Deuteronomy] will come upon you and overwhelm you.” That verse is from Deut 28:2. Think of that! Overwhelm you!

God’s desire is outlined clearly in the following verse of chapter 28:

“May you be blessed in the city, and blessed in the country. Blessed be the fruit of your womb, the produce of your soil and the offspring of your live stock, the issue of your herds and the young of your flocks…. The Lord will increase in more than goodly measure the fruit of your womb, the offspring of your livestock the produce of your soil….The Lord will open up for you His rich treasure house of the heavens…blessing all your undertakings, so that you will lend to many nations and borrow from none.

How amazing is that! OK, read that last paragraph again, and ask yourself, what is God’s normal intention for His people. Then see if you can muster the faith to believe that His intention is likely the same for you. I

1 Response to Part 3: Vision

  1. Our goal (vision) has been to owe no man anything but to love.

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