There was a time in my life when I assumed too much, too soon. I had the idea that if I worked hard and made wise decisions, life would be easy-breezy! Yet shortly after the economic recession, my husband and I were left in the rubble of financial despair. We were devastated, to say the least. We thought we were doing all the right things that would inevitably lead us to financial security. What we now know is that God has a far better plan, even though we can’t always see it right away. Tough times seem to cloud our spiritual vision. We don’t understand why God chooses some inexplicably painful events to be sifted through His hand and into our lives.
Yet it was during this painful season of life I learned some very important and life-changing lessons. One of the most important lessons I learned is to never base my joy on external circumstances but on my powerful source of daily help – Christ Jesus. He was the constant One who carried us through many dark days and remained faithful even when our hearts were filled with questions. I have also learned the importance of resting on the promises of God’s Holy Word. My emotions were steadied as I exercised His truths instead of floundering in my own ideas and grandiose thoughts, which by the way, left me feeling fearful and in despair each and every time. I learned to ask God for wisdom. He tells us in James 1:5 if we lack wisdom we should ask Him and He will give generously to all without finding fault.
No matter your circumstances, He is the God of provision. If you are physically ill and the money situations in your life look grim, ask God to help you. He promises to provide for those who put their faith and trust in Him. Your Father in heaven knows your need even before you ask Him. He is with you.
God longs to provide for you in powerful ways, not just financially but physically and emotionally as well. Friend, I challenge you to commit your heart to Him today. He is working for your good. It is under His wise council you will find peace and rest for your weary soul.
When we turn to God, our tough times can then prove to be stepping stones of faith, instead of stumbling blocks. Trust Him. He is the God of provision.
© March 25, 2013
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