Talking (or not talking) about Money
Ephesians 4:15 tells us that we are to speak the truth in love. Ordinarily we’d interpret a verse like that to have relevance when we’re approaching someone about a potential conflict. But regarding finances, I have come to know it also as a directive that is particularly relevant to the second part of the verse which tells us why?: So that “we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ”.
What I have experienced in my own life and with countless people I have worked with over the years is the interesting stronghold that Satan gains in people’s lives by convincing them to keep secrets about money. The secrets can be small like not being completely honest about how much something cost or larger like not telling your spouse that you lost your job or your life savings in a bad investment.
Not talking about money can also manifest itself as a fear of calling creditors or financial advisors to ask about an issue or tell them of a change in your situation. Philippians 4:6 also tells us to “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” and yet the next step after talking with the Lord about your financial situation usually involves also talking with someone else. Unfortunately at this point, this is where people get stuck!
Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:26-28 to “have no fear of them (the negative thoughts, Satan’s army wants you to believe), for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell”. His model is to come to Him with your issues, then don’t be afraid to talk about it with the appropriate people. If you don’t you’re giving power to the devil and blocking His light from shining into the situation. In my experience, every single time a situation is revealed in such a way that it is ‘spoken about in love’ the magnitude of the issue is minimized and solutions are realized!
There are many different situations that come up on a daily basis about money that require you to open up to someone about some aspect of money. Cashiers at the grocery store, call-centre operators at the bank, your spouse, children, boss, financial advisor, friends, etc. are all opportunities for you to listen to the Holy Spirit and speak the truth of your situation in love and confidence, trusting Him always and all ways!