Turning Setbacks into Success test

Posted by: Leo Marte, CFP®, MBA | Aug 28 2023

Welcome to The Bible Money Journal, a brief for Christian professionals who want to learn more about God’s ways of managing money. In each edition, I share a verse, a story, and a money lesson to help you in your journey.

This brief is a resource for navigating the scriptures through the lens of financial planning and learning how to apply them in your life.

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Genesis 50:19-20
19 But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

We arrive at the end of Joseph’s story. The man was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, falsely accused and imprisoned, yet eventually rose to a position of great power and influence in Egypt. When his brothers approached him with fear and guilt, Joseph responded with the profound words in these verses.

Joseph's words capture the essence of his mindset and offer valuable insights we can apply to our financial journeys.

Embrace a Long-Term Perspective

Just as Joseph recognized that God's plan extended beyond his immediate circumstances, we, too, must adopt a long-term perspective, trusting that God, our provider, is not surprised by our circumstances. Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and setbacks often provide hidden opportunities. Rather than being consumed by short-term setbacks, let's focus on the bigger picture, keeping our eyes on the long-term goals we have set for ourselves and our families.

Next step: Surrender to God the setbacks you have encountered. Develop a comprehensive financial plan that aligns with your long-term goals and includes a margin for when life throws you a curve ball.

Cultivate a Positive Mindset

Joseph's response to his brothers' betrayal demonstrates an incredible ability to see the silver lining in a seemingly dire situation. Instead of harboring bitterness or seeking revenge, Joseph chose forgiveness and recognized the potential for good, even in the face of evil. Similarly, in our financial lives, we must cultivate a positive mindset, seeing challenges as opportunities for growth and learning.

Next step: Start each day by praying and acknowledging three things you are grateful for. This simple habit can help you maintain a positive outlook, even during difficult times.

Trust in Divine Providence

Joseph's unwavering trust in God's providence empowered him to rise above his circumstances and fulfill a significant purpose. Despite his challenges, Joseph understood that God's hand was guiding him toward a greater plan. I encourage my clients to trust God's providence, recognizing that He is ultimately in control.

Next step: Prioritize your relationship with God and seek His guidance in your financial decisions. Spend time in prayer and reflection, seeking wisdom and discernment as you navigate the complexities of your financial journey.

In the story of Joseph, we find inspiration and wisdom that transcends time. As your Christian financial advisor, I am here to guide you on this journey, providing expertise, support, and a values-based approach to help you achieve your financial goals while staying true to your faith.

Remember, just as Joseph's story had a profound impact on the lives of many, your financial journey has the potential to positively influence not only your life but also the lives of your loved ones and those around you. Let's embark on this transformative journey together, knowing that God's plan is greater than any challenges we may encounter.

Leo Marte is a Christian financial advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Abundant Advisors provides financial advice for Christians with convenient virtual meetings. Let’s talk if you are ready to make the next move.