For some reason, when we hear the word stewardship, we automatically think of giving money to the church. But stewardship is a much bigger concept. Of course we are to manage wisely all the resources God gives us. If God gave you a million dollars, your life would suddenly get very complicated. You now have to figure out how to invest, save, give, and spend quite a load of money. It is possible to misuse the money, squander it, and lose it all. Or it is possible to manage it well, in a manner that is pleasing to Him. And if He has only given you a hundred dollars, you must figure out how to be the kind of wise steward who can make it to the end of the month. Both require wisdom and grace.
When God blesses us with healthy years and happy times, we are to be good stewards of the days. The easy days are sometimes easy to squander because we can start to coast. But God wants us to keep good accounts and make wise investments of our time and resources. The easy days may give way to hard times. And we are also to be wise stewards when it comes to the afflictions and troubles that God gives us. We believe that all things come from His hand. Therefore, whatever the trouble, we can believe that it comes from the hand of a very wise and loving Father. Knowing this helps us to believe that this trial is perfect for us. And it also helps us to exercise wise stewardship over the trouble. How do we do that?
We thank Him for the trouble. We consider if His Word has any direct teaching on how to respond to our particular trouble. We submit ourselves to Him and walk through the trial by faith, believing it will bear good fruit and bring good to our souls. We refrain from complaining. We cast our cares on Him. We seek to honor and glorify Him in the trial. All this is good stewardship and will bring a good return. So when you are given a trial, be a good steward of the trouble, and turn a profit on it.