Prefer loss to the wealth of dishonest gain; the former vexes you for a time;
the latter will bring you lasting remorse.

~ Chilo

Nancy Leigh DeMoss wrote in her devotional book The Quiet Place for February 11:

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19

The first fear [about relinquishing total control of our lives to God] is one of provision: “Will I have what I need?”

What if I lose my job? Can we afford to have more children? How will we pay for their education?…. What if the economy goes under?…. Will we have enough to get by?

God knew we would naturally be concerned about these things, yet His Word frequently exhorts us not to worry about how our future needs will be met. Rather, Scripture says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness  and all these things will be added to you” (Matt 6:33)….

Trusting God in matters of practical provision is no small matter. If we are unwilling to do so, we can expect to be plagued by such things as greed, cheating, worry, covetousness, lack of generosity, and all the unsettledness that comes from centering our lives around money.

His Word, however, provides us a sure basis for anxiety-free living by promising that He will “supply every need” (though not necessarily every want). Rather than fretting, striving, or manipulating, we can simply stand on His promises and confidently ask Him to provide.

When we make a decision to forego having children – or more children – in order to be more financially secure, is it seeking financial gain dishonestly? Are we stealing from God? Are we unknowingly settling for second best?

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