His thoughts are build primarily around the account in Mark 6:30-44, where Jesus feeds the multitude. "Many conclusions that are applicable to financial planning can be drawn from this passage, " writes Blue.
Principle 1. "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile." Mark 6:31
Blue's first target: The necessity of our having our priorities right. "The first step to financial planning, he says, "is to be alone with Jesus and listen to what He has to say. It i not the development of a plan, it is not getting advice, but it is spending time alone with Him. Unless you hear God's voice, you cannot take a second step."
Principle 2. "Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things." Mark 6:34
"Our plan should not be our god," says Blue. "To be totally committed to a plan is to make a serious mistake." We often want to put God in a box and assume he will work only in the way we have planned. But God works through different circumstances. And if we are not open to this and ignore Him, we run the risk of stepping outside of His plan for our lives.
The key is flexibility. We must be ready and willing to make any changes as God sends a directive our way. Often He will lead or show us only a portion of the over all picture.
Principle 3. "His disciples came to Him and said, 'This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late.
Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread." Mark 6:35-36
Blue gives us two guides from this passage: " First, don't ever thwart God because of merely a practical consideration...." In other words, remember God works in the practical - and the impractical circumstances. He wants us to be open to Him doing things in His way, in His time.
"Second..." says, Blue, "worldly advice can be logical, but it is not necessarily right...." Advice from friends or even from trainers or coachers may sound good and may be good. But unless it follows God's plan, it is wrong and we should not follow it.
This without a doubt is perhaps the most easy trap to fall into. Man's wisdom always seems more relevant to a given situation than does God's This is illustrated perfectly as we read on in Blue's book.
Principle 4. "Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?" vs.37. The disciples argue with Jesus over His plan because what he directed seemed so illogical—they did not have food to feed the people. But as Blue points out, "We must be obedient No questions asked. If God says to do it, I do it. If God says to give, I give. If God says to pay off debt—I do it ... If God says to increase or decrease my lifestyle, I do it. The issue here is obedience."
As a wise man once said, "Obey first, understand later." But that requires faith. But without faith, it is impossible to please God. And without it, we cannot expect to receive God's blessings.
Principle 5. In verse 40, the disciples get the people seated but they obviously did not understand how they would be fed. And for sure they did not know what Jesus would do next. "Thus a faith plan for us may require action without our full understanding." says Blue.
Principle 6. "They all ate and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish" Mark 6:43 Great things happen as we operate according to a faith plan: Goals can be reached - not necessarily in our time but reached. Growth will occur. And most important: God will be glorified.
But What Next?
After we have obeyed God's ways and He begins to work in our lives, what then? Will there no longer be any problems for us to contend with? The disciples participated in the miracle by handing out the bread and fish and then gathering up the left overs. Was everything smooth sailing from then on?
To find the answer, read on in the passage down to verses 51-52. It says, "Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart hardened."
What a tragedy to follow after God, then become hardened by unbelief when things do not happen the way we believe they should. God's ways are not our ways and it is easy to think that His direction is not appropriate or applicable to our situation. Surely, He would not be asking me to do that, we may think.
However, Blue's challenge hits right at the heart of the matter. But it is one that will be realized only as we daily commit our works to God. "Don't plan God out of your finances. Don't have a closed mind. Don't miss the miracle."
Make you plans and work them. But be sure to include God in them all. That is true success.