Find Wisdom in a Crisis

Step 6 Financial ideas for a CrisisProverbs says “a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.” (Proverbs 1:5)

When I was a younger man, I ran across a story by Bob Biehl where he talked about growing up on lake Michigan. According to Biehl, the difference between a snowstorm and a blizzard is the wind. When the winds came whipping off the lake, a regular snowfall became a disorienting mess. They called that a blizzard.

I love that imagery. Because life gets messy at times, and we find ourselves in the middle of a raging storm, and we don’t know where to turn. In times like these, we need someone to stop the wind. We need a break from the tyranny of the urgent and the pressure of creditor calls and the emotional toll that out-of-control finances causes.

We need wisdom.

We need to talk with an expert.

We need perspective.

We need a fresh set of eyes.

On our website, we have identified some great resources to help you. Wise men like Dave Ramsey, Randy Alcorn, Howard Dayton, Steve Shadrach, and Ron Blue.

We have also developed Bible Studies that are on the resource pages about finances. We have a study about financial wisdom from the Proverbs, from Jesus, and from the New Testament. Be sure to check these out.

One of the best resources is to talk about your specific situation with a person who is well-versed in finances. It could be someone at your church, your parents, or someone you respect who manages money well.

One of our coaches would love to help, too.

Then there is always the ultimate source—if you lack wisdom, ask God. James 1 says,

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

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