Okay, by a show of hands how many of you are wondering how you are going to make ends meet? I mean you are hanging by a thread, bills are piling up and there’s not enough money to go around? From where you stand, without God’s intervention, it looks like financial ruin? Are you there? You are not alone! As a matter of fact, there are many others who in the same boat.
Do not despair!!! Wait upon the Lord! Even without physical evidence, wait upon the Lord!
When I look back over those years of financially security—automatic deposits, 401k allocations, medical insurance—I was hardly aware of God’s provision. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see my fat check as God’s provision at all, I saw it as a direct result of the work I performed and justifiably got paid for. I EARNED it! Intellectually I understood my job was God’s provision, but essentially, I believed I was the source of my income.
Humble pie is often served one slice at a time…
Then the Lord “invited” me to begin a ministry called Grace Tapestries… I thought the money would roll in! I imagined financial independence, not wealth, just adequate security. [Deb is laughing]. Really, I had it all figured out for God! I thought it was pretty neat that I had it figured out for Him… Gosh, what a team!
Sixteen months later. The one certainty I am certain of is that God is my Provision. Every gimmick (manipulation), every effort to “work-it-out” on my own, all the panic over whether I’ll make the mortgage payment or pay my bills, can be summed up in a few words: God as my Provider. I had lost sight of that…or actually, I never knew that before! I liked the sound of it. I enjoyed reading about saints, like George Mueller, who depended upon God for their next meal, but I was tooooooo far removed from that ever happening in my life. Not anymore. I’m there. And I will probably get closer to there than the there I am currently experiencing! WOW God!
With utmost confidence, I depend upon God to provide for my every need. He may well allow me to go down to my last penny before He answers. He may allow me lose a few significant possessions before I see His provision, but He will provide. Perhaps not what I expected, but the basics, the essentials He will cover.
God is redefining my definition of what’s essential.
And the more I walk this road with the Lord God Jehovah, the closer I am to the ground; the closer I am to the soil of His provision. The soil was always there before, I just didn’t realize WHO was behind every blessing that spouted up out that soil. And when there is no human resource between you and having a bill paid, your eyes are wide-open to God’s amazing presence! From that place, we are drawn deeper and deeper into full-faced worship! How glorious is our God!!!
So dear one, grip the Truth! Surrender your life to God. Lay down your expectations of what you thought your life would look like and give Him all your reserves, including all your reservations. Lean in to the One and only One who is the Source of your life!
From a fellow sojourner of the King.
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