Everybody seems to have it rough right now. Folks are out of work, prices are high, uncertainty is in the air.
Ah, yes, so, so true BUT there is good news: as long as we have God, we have all that we need. He is real, He is living, He is powerful, He is in control.
He Who owns the cattle on a thousand hills knows and loves those who are His. Those whom He knows, He takes care of and He supplies what we need. When we don’t know, when we can’t see, when we want but can’t have, we should remember that He has said: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13: 5)
If God hasn’t seen fit to supply it, then it is certain that it (whatever “it” is), is something that we don’t need. We might think we need it, but our Father knows we don’t need it.
This can be hard. There are bills to be paid and not always the money to pay them. There are legitimate needs that can’t be handled. Then there is Christmas: it is coming and many moms and dads don’t know how they are going to make it through Christmas.
Tough times call for tough faith. Either God is God and He knows what He is doing–or He’s not. If He is, we can trust Him. If He isn’t, we can wash our hands of the whole affair.
It’s not a difficult decision: one look above tells you that God exists; one half-hour focused on the Cross, tells you God is good and can be trusted–in all ways.
If we trust Him with our eternal well-being, why not trust Him for and with our physical well-being–and that of our family? After all, which is truly the more important: the eternal salvation of ourselves (and those we love) or the physical well-being of the same?
Just because the physical is more immediate, doesn’t mean it is more important. Get focused. Get oriented and think this through: you trust in God’s ability to preserve your soul and bring you to Him in the end–right? Then, honey, trust Him now. Trust Him with the bills, with food for your family, with a place to live. Trust Him with everything. Trust Him with Christmas.
My husband has been out of work for months now and we are barely making it. Supplying basic needs is hard (and, at times, impossible). How are we going to supply Christmas?
I don’t know. I honestly don’t. But, this I do know: God is good and I can trust Him. He’s never failed me yet (and I’ve lived through poverty more than once) and He won’t fail me this time. We have food on the table, we have electricity, we have clothes. We have enough. Christmas might be simple this year (it won’t be the first time) but it will still be Christmas. There will still be reason to rejoice!
Do we have what we want? No, of course not, but who does? Even millionaires have to do without something (and, too often, it is the more important things of love, family, true friends). We have what we need. Distinguishing between wants and needs isn’t always easy but it is vital for your emotional well-being. Our true physical needs (that money can buy) are as follows: food, shelter, clothing, basic care; beyond that lies luxury. True, our roof may leak (been there), our clothes may be plain, unfashionable, second-hand or worn (been there, too), our neighborhood may not be the best (ditto), our car old and unreliable (ditto, ditto), our food may be of the plainest sort (also ditto). Does that mean that God doesn’t care?
No. It means He knows exactly what you are going through for Jesus Himself was poor and did without. God knows how you feel. He cares. Sometimes He meets your needs by supplying it. And sometimes He meets your needs by supplying more of Himself.
Truly, which is better: more of things or more of Him?
It’s not a hard question. Nothing that we go through is important in light of Who He is and what He has done. NOTHING.
So, when times are tough and you don’t know what you are going to do, go to Him, partake of Him, learn of Him, trust Him. There is always enough of God to go around for we don’t split Him up amongst us: we all get all of Him that there is.
Remember, God rewards great trust. Focus on Him and not on your circumstances and then get to work. Maybe there is something you can do to improve your circumstances. Maybe not. If there is, do it. If there isn’t, accept it as a gracious gift from a loving Father’s hand: the gift of Himself.
When you can see only Him, you are the richest of all women.
As for me, I’m going to trust His knowledge of our situation as being far superior to my own (after all, He knows everything and He can be trusted).
Does that mean that tomorrow morning everything will be all better?
No, not necessarily, but it could. Definitely, my faith will have grown. But, it does mean that I can trust God even if everything isn’t all better. He is God. He is good. He knows what He is doing. Even when everything is crazy, when it seems that all is falling apart, God is still God and He is still good and He still loves me–and you. And, He has taught us that He will never forsake us or leave us. He is with us in this thing called “Life” all the way.
And to those who belive are given the most precious of all gifts: God Himself.
Until next time spend your days getting to know our Lord better (as I will),
God bless you,
see ya’ll later,
Soli Deo gloria!