Selective Faith

Do you believe God for some things, but not others?

God is faithful. This is a promise we cling to and stand on; God says it in His word, over and over. We strive to be faithful, to trust God with our lives – all of it. Yet, too often our faith in God is selective. We may believe God for one thing, but completely disregard Him for another.

In 1 Corinthians, Paul calls God faithful, reminding us that we are in Christ, no longer in darkness, and that He will sustain us (1:9). Later, when describing how we can flee temptation (10:13), Paul again appeals to God’s character – His faithfulness – by stating God will provide a way of escape when we are tempted. God demonstrates His faithfulness, unconditionally. This is significant: despite our own lack of faithfulness, God is still faithful!

In my own process of discipleship and sanctification, there have been seasons when I lacked assurance of my salvation. Essentially, I chose not to believe what was already true – primarily, I was Christ’s and in Him, He in me. God’s Word eventually took hold of me, and I persisted in believing I was saved – being sanctified daily, but already justified.

I believe God is faithful in regards to my salvation. I pray that you do as well. However, does our belief in God’s faithfulness stop at salvation, His ability to keep us in His hands? Certainly we, like Paul mentioned, can and should depend on God’s faithfulness in the moment of temptation. Are there other areas of our lives where we should regard His faithfulness?

It seems that many Christians disregard His faithfulness when it comes to their finances – money, investments, and spending habits and patterns. Consider the way you talk about money: is it in terms of “His faithfulness”, or do you refer to “their finances”, “our money”, “my paycheck”, “her investment account”. Do you believe that you own what you have? What kind of attitude do you bring to this area of finances?

In reality God has made us stewards of His world, His creations, His resources; you are responsible to use all that you may possess in order to bring glory to Him, to point people to God, to exalt Jesus. Read Psalm 67 – the first two verses – in light of this concept and mediate on what it means regarding the blessings you have – especially the financial ones.

We have to be careful to not only cling to God’s faithfulness when it comes to our salvation, but also depend on Him when it comes to how we view and handle money.

  • “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24
  • “Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” Psalm 119:90
  • “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Holy God – my faithful King – my Good Father, help me! You know my heart better than I do – You made me. You also know how I should use the money You have given me. I trust You, daily, for my salvation; now, I ask that You would help me to depend on You and look to You regarding the money You have entrusted to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I invite you to stop by next week when I take a look at the godly characteristics of a giver. It’s a familiar passage, but we often stop short of the end and leave a crucial verse out of our recitations.

I’d love to know your thoughts, so please leave your comments, questions, feedback, and especially your stories, below.

  • What is God teaching you about money and finances?
  • How has He shown His faithfulness to you in regarding money?

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