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Understanding God’s money,
stewardship and knowing it is important to be out of
Noah, God and Stewardship
by Michael & Kathy McDonald
The Bible has over two thousand scriptures about finances
and stewardship that teach us about how to use money
wisely. What we are learning is that it’s important
to be out of debt – not to be able to buy more
stuff – but to be able to give more and bless
people that need help. Can you see God smiling as we
acknowledge that all financial decisions are really
We’re supposed to figure out what pleases Christ
and then do it. Noah pleased God and because he did
we are alive today. From his life we can learn five
acts of worship that make God smile.
- Noah loved God more than anything else in the world,
even money. God deeply loves us and He desires our
love in return. The only way to learn to know Him
is to spend time with Him.
- Noah trusted God. He built a ship in the middle
of dry land. Noah had never seen rain because God
irrigated from the ground up; he lived far from the
ocean; and then there was the problem of rounding
up all the animals. Noah totally trusted God. We all
have areas in which we need to trust God. The two
of us are learning to totally trust God in finances.
- God smiles when we obey him and He loves good stewardship.
Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.
He did not question God. I’ve asked God a few
questions – Are you sure you want me to be debt
free? Are you sure you want us to have our finances
together? It’s so much easier the other way
with, “easy credit”.
- Noah praised God and had a heart of thanksgiving.
Noah built an altar to God and sacrificed burnt offerings
on it. We praise God for who He is and thank Him for
what He has done. When we enjoy what God has done
for us and express that enjoyment, it brings Him joy.
- God is pleased when we use our abilities wisely
and steward the resources He give us. After the flood,
God gave Noah simple instructions – be fruitful
and increase in number and fill the earth. It was
time to get on with life. God enjoys watching every
detail of our lives. Just as we enjoy watching our
children, God enjoys watching us. And our children
do not have to be perfect or mature for us to enjoy
them and neither do we with God. Psalm 147:11 (Amplified)
“The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently
and worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His
mercy and loving-kindness.”