Our economy has been on a roller coaster ride for the past few years and you are probably feeling it in your wallet. The unknown can be scary when you are already living paycheck to paycheck, and uncertain of what is ahead. Let me encourage you today with these 17 bible verses that will help in times of financial hardship.
I will never forget the day my husband found out he was going to lose his job. All over the country men and women were losing their homes and their jobs in the recession of 2008. We had a one-year-old and I was only working 2 days a week picking up shifts at the hospital. With a hefty house payment and a growing family, we were scared.
We prayed desperately for God to show us what we needed to do, besides the obvious of looking for work. We desperately needed deliverance from financial hardship. So, we went to the Word of God to find out what He had to say about finances and biblical stewardship.
What Does God Say about financial struggles?
The first thing that we realized is that God is not a fan of debt. Let me be clear, this does not mean that He is not a fan of you. He is madly in love with you regardless of your financial situation. Please find freedom in that. But, the book of Proverbs tells us that debt results in slavery because when we borrow, we become slaves to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).
We clung to bible verses about blessing and breakthrough and I am happy to share them with you.
which bible verses will help with financial problems?
I am so grateful that God is true to His word and He gave us financial breakthrough declarations in His Word. Here are verses that we clung to when we were trusting God with our finances.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another”. Romans 13:8 NIV
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’.” Hebrews 13:5 NIV
Philippians 4: 11-13
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4: 11-13 NIV
“Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown You and say ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God”. Proverbs 30:8-9 NIV
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:19
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or stow away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27 NIV
The sixth chapter of Matthew is packed full of promises from God that we can hold onto during times of financial stress and when things are uncertain in the economy. His Word literally tells us that worrying and anxiety will not add a single moment to our life. And, if God can take care of bird of the air, how much more will He take care of us and meet the needs of those He loves? I don’t know about you friend, but that is so life-giving to me!
I timothy 6:6-7
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it”. 1 Timothy 6:6-7 NIV
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, and with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine”. Proverbs 3:9-10