Financial management is a SLOOOOOW game. Maybe that’s why I get frustrated with it at times. I’m supposed to add a little into my savings account and watch the interest grow…over years!.
Savings for a goal, budgeting, or investing in the stock market are slow as well. I say slowly because I’ve been conditioned to get everything NOW that I see financial management as slow.
But that’s just how God designed it. Financial management is about planting a seed, letting go, and letting God grow it and produce fruit over time.
But when we get frustrated and try to inject hormones to grow bigger and faster, or we pick the fruit prematurely and spray it with gasses to ripen faster, we don’t get what God intended for us, we get our creation – which will always fall short of God’s best for us.
The Bible says:
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9 NIV)
In business, you’ll always experience a delay once you invest. When you put out a proposal, there’s a delay between your proposal and its acceptance. The same is true in our financial management – once you begin the journey of budgeting, paying off debt, and accumulating wealth, there’s a delay between when you began stewarding money correctly and reaping the benefits of your obedience.
Solomon, the richest man that ever lived, said this in the Bible:
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)
I know it’s irritating for us Godpreneurs to make a deposit into something and not have it instantly return a reward. We pour time into employees, systems, and processes, only to see the investments bear fruit in a different quarter.
But when we make the investments, and let God do His thing in His timing, we let go of the stress, and we embrace the peace of God that will build our faith and make the time we spend in waiting a joyful time.
When it comes to managing money, we’ll always see the fruit of our efforts in a different season. We need to stop trying to pick stocks that we pray will skyrocket overnight so we can be instant millionaires. We need to be willing to make investments that, in the long run, are guaranteed to perform well and return ripened fruit, good to eat.
When we Godpreneurs start following God’s plan for us managing our money in our businesses correctly, we aren’t going to see all of our debt paid off overnight and see tons of cash all of a sudden pour into our bank accounts. Things will come in God’s Timing. We’ll get a small client or a short order, and then we’ll get a bigger one, and it will grow. I know because I’ve experienced this phenomenon myself.
We simply need to learn how to wait for our due season. And while we’re waiting, keep on working and grinding and giving value to our customers and doing excellent, above-and-beyond work.
We may not see anything happening right away, but there is a God orchestrating things in our favor. We don’t see the pilot of the airplane, but we know someone is up there in the cockpit, and we know the pilot has a whole bunch of help guiding him, which gives me comfort in knowing I’ll get to my destination safely.
I may not see the airport in front of me, but that plane will land, and I will reach my destination, as God as my pilot.
One day our efforts will pay off. The little seeds of proper financial management will pay off, and we will see what God had planned all along.
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