How God Finances His Work
Why God Allows Need
God allows need to accomplish His purposes.
God owns and controls everything. Yet, churches and ministries always seem short of funds. So, if God owns everything, why do Christian organizations have financial needs?
The answer is God allows need. There is no other logical conclusion. God allows need to accomplish His purposes. His ultimate purpose for individuals is conforming them to the character of Jesus (Rom. 8:28-29). His overarching purpose for Christian ministries is expanding His kingdom (Matt. 6:10).
Only God has the wisdom to coordinate the entire universe to accomplish these purposes in billions of believers and millions of ministries simultaneously. In short, God is at work in ways we cannot understand to accomplish His purposes. Controlling the flow of financial resources is one of His strategies.
Here are a few examples of how God allows need to accomplish His purposes. We often only understand these in hindsight.
God allows need to keep you on His timetable. God will delay a building project or mission trip by withholding funding. Then at the right time, resources will materialize for the successful completion of the project.
God allow need to build your character. God wants you to learn qualities like contentment (Phil 4:11-13) that can only be learned during lean times.
God allows need to correct financial irresponsibility. God expects His resources to be used wisely. Failure to tithe (Mal, 3:9-11), for example, limits God’s supply. Foolish spending, like by the prodigal son (Luke 15:14-19), creates need God will not meet until repentance produces changed behavior.
God allows need to teach you to trust Him. Self-sufficiency is an ever-present temptation. God will not share His glory. Remember, “God will supply all your needs” (Phil 4:19). He wants you to remember He is your source!