Financial Troubles or Trials Are Common

Financial troubles or trials, as used here, is a reference to the discomfort we experience in our finances. In adequate income and unexpected or high expenditures are in view.

In James 1:12, James has his readers to understand that believers are likely to have some trials that they are called to endure with hope in the promised crown of life.

The key idea throughout this series of devotionals is that we should remember that the crown is greater than the enduring of the trials.

In this devotional, let's focus on financial trials. Some have low income. Some great paying jobs are not obtained because of our lack of education and experience. Some jobs are not obtained because of discrimination and a continued wickedness in the hearts of decision makers.

There are discouraged employees who would make profitable and socially conscious business owners; but because of credit situations or discriminatory practices, they do not have proper funding.

Some of the dreams of business ownership die more and more as the days go by, and the substitute of being over worked and under paid becomes less and less satisfying.

While many suffer from low income, there are many who suffer from high expenses. If the car does not need repairing, something in the house needs replacing. If something in the house does not need replacing, the children need another pair of shoes.

If it is not the children’s shoes, it is a medical bill that remains, even after insurance has paid its part. If it is not a medical bill, it is often utilities going up.

And if it is not the utility bill then it is taxes going up. When income goes down, down, down and expenses go up, up, up then we have financial troubles and trials.

On top of these realities are the poor habits of spending the few dollars that we do have on depreciating consumer items, instead of on appreciating assets. Cars and cloths lose value. Stocks and bonds often gain value.

Even though, we will revisit this point, I need to say it now. The crown and blessings that God has for His people are greater than the financial troubles and trials that we may be facing right now.

Not only can God bless us with more income and less expenses, but believers are headed to a land where there are no recessions, no layoffs, and no discrimination. Let the church say, "amen." (smile)

Self Examination
List some of the financial troubles that you are experiencing.

If you don't have any or have very few, give God some praise for that.

How does God's promise of blessing us in a way that makes up for our trials help you cope with your financial troubles?

Prayer
Great and awesome God, the God who provides daily bread for His children and green pastures for His sheep, it is to thee that I pray.

Thank You for the provisions that You have given me. Already, I am doing better than many and better than I deserve, in light of my many sins. Thank You for the hope of both enduring what I am going through and the assurance that the best is yet to come.

I confess that I have not always behaved as if I trust You. Sometimes I have complained and doubted, as someone who does not believe that there are crowns after my trials. Please forgive me for this and my many other sins.

Please help me to live a life that is pleasing to You, in spite of my financial troubles. Thank You for doing what is best, in Jesus' name, amen.

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