Financial pressures from unemployment to unexpected bills can cause an enormous amount of stress in your life. When you don’t have enough money, your life literally feels useless and you just waste away because not only are you broke, but also broken from the stress of living in a financial war-zone.
Isn’t it amazing how when people approach us with Genuine problems we are quick to dismiss them with what i call Christian-isms and simply just throw scriptures at them without actually doing much more than that. A few days ago I received an email from a lady and it really touched my heart when i read it today. This woman said she was struggling with debt and was at the brink of giving up. She explained that she didn’t get into debt because of reckless spending but rather due to falling sick and life simply got on top of her when she lost her job and had to rely on her credit to sustain her for a while. She expressed how depressed she was because she felt like a failure and that she had tried to get help but church people always just give her cliched christian talk in response. I won’t go too much into detail about the remainder of that email, however when i read her email my heart was moved because i remembered how at one time in my life a long time ago when i too didn’t need religious folk but Kingdom people who are truly called and understand what it means to reach the broken and stretched out their arms to me and helped me up when i thought i would throw in the towel. In situations like these it is so easy to say things like;
“God is Bigger Than Your Financial Problems”
Don’t get me wrong: YES, God is BIGGER than her financial problems and will see her through this situation. However at the same time it is important to have people in life who can lend their hand to lift up others who are struggling until they are back on their two feet. What is the point of just throwing around scriptures to someone who needs active faith (Faith with Action) and hence i am reminded of James 2:15-17;
15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
When people approach us let us be able to assess the situation and really reach out to genuine pleas of help and see where and how we can make a difference.
God bless you
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