God set us up. Let me rather say God prepared us for what was to come. It began with a study on money. What God says about money and how to handle it his way. I thought I was going to blog a series on money or teach it in Bible study. But something changed and the Lord led me back to the beginning of my lesson. “God is My Source.” my title read. I had learned through scriptures that God is my source for provision, not a paycheck, business, or person.
“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” –Dt. 8:18
I was thoroughly convinced it was God who provided the paycheck, business, job, or ability to make money. Yet, the Lord would not let me leave the topic. I just could not move on.
Then my husband lost his job.
He called me that morning on his way back home. He was with that company for 13 years. We had a 401K and stocks. As he went on and explained what happened all I could say was “ok, ok”. When he got home we prayed and then had a long talk. We decided right then to stand on God’s word and believe that He is our provider.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” –psalm 23:1
We made up our mind we weren’t going to be moved by our feelings or the situation. Feelings has no place in our faith. The next few days my husband would receive, money, food, and two job offers! It was as if God was telling us, I have you, don’t worry.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” –phil. 4:19
My husband was let go just two days before Christmas, but despite that we decided to enjoy Christmas and New Years day anyway. After New Years day my husband became a business partner with my brother-in-law Adam. Unknown to us Adam had been praying for Art to be a partner with him in his business! God answered both their prayers.
I want to leave you with a few tips, just in case you find yourself in a similar situation.
— Don’t panic. You must stay calm so you can think better.
— Trust God. It is no surprise to him what you are going through. He has already worked out a plan to help you, let him.
— Stand on your faith. Believe what God says in his Word. This is the time to walk the talk!
— Be frugal with what you have and make smart choices with your money.
— Seek support from family and friends. Let them know what happened so you don’t feel alone.
Until next week!
wife, author, pastor