Impulsiveness Is Not Faith

Michelle wants to know the difference between being financially responsible and relying on God to provide. She wants to stay home with her kids but isn't sure they can afford for her to do so.

QUESTION: Michelle in Los Angeles wants to know the difference between being financially responsible and relying on God to provide. She wants to stay home with her kids but isn’t sure they can afford for her to do so. Dave explains what his interpretation is.

ANSWER: Faith that God will provide requires that you read the Scriptures all the way through. “The mind of man plans his ways, and the Lord directs his steps.” Jesus said, “Don’t build a tower without first counting the cost lest you get halfway up, and you’re unable to finish and all who see you begin to mock you and say, ‘This man began to build and was unable to finish.’” This woman came home with no plan and called it faith, and they’ll make fun of you—that’s what Jesus is saying. That’s faith, to believe the Scriptures. You have to take Scripture and your spiritual walk in totality. You can’t just take impulsiveness and call that faith. It’s a great question, by the way. It’s one that’s misused a lot and misunderstood a lot.

You need to have the maturity and the wisdom to plan your direction, God says. The Bible says, “The diligent prosper. He who is impulsive exalts folly.” Folly is a fool in action. He’s just jumping out there and hoping there’s water in the pool and calling that faith.

Yes, I love your idea of coming home. I think that’s awesome. Let’s develop a godly game plan with diligence and excellence and sacrifice to put our family in a financial position that you can do that responsibly and not bankrupt your family. That is faith, I think. “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil.” You’re wise. You’ve saved money. Excellent.

We’ve got to lower your lifestyle until you can live on what your husband makes or you’ve got to be able to figure out some kind of a game plan you can do from home while you’re with the kids—a little bit of a side business or something—that generates some income to offset the difference. Let’s just develop an intelligent game plan and mix our intellect with our faith.

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