Do You Have Plans for Prosperity or Are You Just Hoping?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
When it comes to money, I am convinced that the majority of people today would likely interpret this verse for themselves as, ‘…plans to hopefully prosper me financially, not to cause me to suffer financially, plans to hopefully give me a brighter future.’
Of course, I could be totally wrong, but if the percentage of people I talk to on a daily basis about some aspect of money is any indication, then I would be inclined to say we have an epidemic of financially worried people carrying a virus of doubt and fear into the majority of their everyday financial decisions.
If the Lord ‘declares’ that He has plans to give us a hope and a future, then any sort of financial doubt means we are fretting needlessly. This leads to guilt, and self-condemnation, which in turn creates a downward spiral of low confidence and ultimately a self-sabotage of more lack. Certainly this isn’t the life the Lord has planned for His people.
Obviously if breaking this paradigm was as easy as saying, ‘just believe’ then any positive thinking, self-help book would have the answer and anyone who’s read one would be rich and successful!
But what is prosperity anyway? It’s not dollars and cents, and it’s not something we do on our own.
To apply the prosperity mentioned in Jeremiah 29:11 to money in real life today, you have to start by recognizing whenever you are trying to control some aspect of money in your life: spending, saving, giving, insuring, borrowing, paying, earning, judging others, working, comparing, wishing,…(or not). Then whenever you catch yourself in some aspect of financial doubt, lack, or judgement, simply thank the Lord or all He has provided and praise Him for knowing the plans He has for your life. Do this for a day, then a week, then a month, and keep going…you are building confidence which is the foundation to help you learn and apply additional practical strategies to your ongoing real life financial decisions!