I’ve been bothered by the headlines lately, but it’s probably just because I’ve been paying too much attention to them. We always seem to be on the brink of the next disaster or world-changing event. I’m especially tuned-in to financial news and research, and it’s much the same there. It’s hard to rest sometimes.
In a world filled with matters ranging from maddeningly silly to truly horrendous, finding true rest can often feel like an impossible pursuit. “Easier said than done.” I hear. However, as Christians, we have the remarkable privilege of finding our ultimate rest in Jesus Christ, even in the realm of our finances. In this fallen world, where money can easily become an idol and a source of anxiety, resting in Christ is a beautiful gift given to us through the Spirit.
Jesus Himself beckons us in Matthew 11:28-30, saying, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” By accepting this invitation, we discover that true rest and peace are found in Christ, our Redeemer and friend. Regardless of our personal financial struggles or worries and the tumultuous world around us, Jesus offers us something transcendent and lovely.
In a fallen world, money often becomes an idol, leading us to seek security and identity in our financial status. However, when we rest in Christ, we acknowledge that our worth and security come from being children of God, joint heirs with Christ, not from our bank accounts or possessions. Our focus transitions from the fleeting riches of this world to the enduring treasures found in Christ.
Christ frees us from the constant striving and worry that financial anxiety can bring. As the apostle Paul encourages us in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” We find rest in the knowledge that our heavenly Father is aware of our needs and promises to provide for us according to His perfect will.
There are no guarantees of success in this life. There is no promise that you will be wealthy and that your investments will only ever return positive. There is just living in light of the truth and trusting. Christ empowers us to live counter-culturally in a world that constantly demands more. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'” In light of the gospel, how could we possibly live in a state of anything other than gratitude? We can live lives marked by joy and generosity, acknowledging that everything we possess ultimately belongs to God and is a gift from Him.
I hope that brings you peace when you worry about the future. It’s the only thing that comforts me.