Is there Fear in Knowing?
I am the first to admit that the balance in the account is a powerful emotional trigger. The number of zeros behind the dollar sign tends to create either a feeling of peace, calm, security, or an overwhelming sense of fear and anxiety. A sense of fear and anxiety will fuel stress which will trigger negative thoughts and in some cases can create a sort of physical and mental paralysis thereby adding to the stress and worsening the situation.
The reverse also happens. A sense of peace and security will fuel a calm mind and enable the Holy Spirit to awaken your creativity, strength wisdom, energy and generosity. The interesting thing is that most people are aware of this and have experienced it at some level in their lives. As a Christian you can even recite bible verses like Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”. But, when it comes to money, and the direct impact financial decisions have on your lifestyle a ‘head knowledge’ of scripture won’t give you the peace and calm you need to navigate the maze of financial situations you face on a daily basis.
On any given day, you can look at the zeros in your account and make your financial transactions without much thought to any short or long term impact. Or, you could be plagued by thoughts of doubt and fear and lack for something as simple as buying a cup of coffee. It is how you interact with your money on a daily basis, regardless of the number of zeros behind the dollar sign where you get to cultivate your relationship with the Lord through the Holy Spirit.
It’s fascinating how when the zeros don’t quite seem to be as many as you’d like them to be or as many as you think there should be how the immediate tendency is to look for something to sell quickly in order to top up your account balance to where you feel comfortable again.
Regardless of where you currently are financially, every time you reach for your wallet, I encourage you to seek His presence and praise Him for who He is. Then ask Him for input on the transaction you’re about to make and pay attention to the first thought that He brings to mind. In this way, you are developing your relationship with Him and learning to listen to Him in the ‘small stuff’ so that when the ‘big stuff’ comes you are able to experience His peace and comfort, security and provision, regardless of the zeros. This happens because you will have been developing an intimate relationship where you know Him which of course, is very different that simply knowing about Him.