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I know a Christian who lives by faith and yet she hasn't got money. Why would God allow this?
Thank you for asking a question through the Looking for God website and for sharing with us your friend's situation. It is clear that you care for them and I hope that you will continue to stand with them during their difficulties.
I would first and foremost recommend that your friend seeks financial advice from a professional, who may be able to put together a financial structure that may help your friend in the consolidation of these financial difficulties.
If your friend lives in the UK, Australia, New Zealand or Canada there may be a Christians Against Poverty debt help centre near you that can advise you. Their website is www.capuk.org. Alternatively there are also many good government agencies that can help you. There are also other independent charities like Step Change. Please find a suitable one for your situation.
As God created us and loves us, we believe that God understands our situations and that He understand we live in a system where money is a necessity for life; allowing us to buy food, clothes and a home. For this reason, we find many bible verses about money management, finances and our responsibility in regard to debt in particular.
However, just because we may be Christians does not mean that God will make us rich. If this were the case, then there would be many more Christians in the world, hoping to get as much money as possible! Rather, the bible gives us examples that we should look after our finances, and how we can ask for God to help us with our finances.
The bible tells us that the possessions we may have are temporary, but what is from God is eternal. For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:16-17). All of our possessions will rot or decay, but God, and the blessings He give, will last forever.
We also read that you should let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). Even though your friend may be going through a difficult time, this verse declares that God is always with us.
What is clear is that your friend is going through a difficult time, and that they may, as a result of their circumstances, be concerned for their well-being and future. Jesus mentions a verse that is powerful yet often difficult to follow: that we should not worry. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus says that we should not worry because God cares for us. I encourage you to read this passage and I also hope that your friend can live out its power. Similarly, we can also have encouragement when we read that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 ESV)
In summary, your friend may be going through a difficult time, but as an individual you are able to pray for them and support them. The bible gives us many examples of how we should use our finances and that we should always do our best with them. We also read that although difficult times come, we should always trust in God, as it is He who gives us peace.
Here are some Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Matthew 6:25-34
- Psalm 37:16-17
- Matthew 6:19-21
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*Taken From The New King James Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise
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