“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory!” Ref. 1:1
Money is tight right now. I sorta like saying it like that. “Right now” seems to imply that it’s not always tight. But in reality: money is tight. Always. It always has been. I remember growing up and Mama & Daddy sharing our financial struggles with my sisters and I. They would let us know when we didn’t have the money to go out to eat or buy new school clothes…or get groceries. They would also let us know when God would provide an extra check, a special gift…a truck-load of food… I grew up living by faith.
When my husband & I got married we were still in Bible college. Paying for school and food and married life on our student salaries (him in the athletic department me in the dishpit…) definitely caused us to live by faith. We learned to trust God together to provide for all our needs. We learned about budgets, faith & mail-box experiences.
We’ve now been married over 14 years and have been through a lot in our lives and ministry. We’ve learned that God is faithful and that He always provides. Always. So when we had a serious business meeting this past week to discuss the church’s financial situation, I was not worried. God will provide. When the treasurer reported that she has been juggling funds for a while, I was not worried. God will provide. When some of the complainers suggested we make significant cuts to the budget- specifically to the pastor’s salary, I was not worried. God will provide. When we voluntarily gave up the majority of our retirement income until the church gets back on its feet, I was not worry. God will provide. When my husband woke up Sunday morning
worried concerned that we might not get paid this week, I was not worried. God will provide. When we were worshiping the Lord together & I looked out and saw our low numbers, I was not worried. God will provide. When I saw the offering plates pass by almost empty, I was not worried. God will provide. When we left church that morning and my husband whispered in my ear “I did not get paid today,” I was not worried. God will…Wait. WHAT?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DIDN’T GET PAID TODAY? WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON? WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD THEY NOT PAY YOU? ARE THEY GONNA PAY YOU EVENTUALLY? SCHOOL STARTS IN 2 WEEKS- HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO GET SCHOOL SUPPLIES? OR GROCERIES????? HUH? WHAT ABOUT OUR GIRLS? DON’T THEY KNOW THAT YOURS IS OUR ONLY INCOME? WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO IF THEY DON’T PAY US????
Deep breath. Come on… breathe. Don’t panic. Don’t worry. God will provide. He always has. He always will. But it sure is easier to believe it in your heart than in your head sometimes. It’s easy preachin’- hard living.
PS….God did take care of everything. Later than evening the church held a special finance meeting to discuss more cuts and to make sure those cuts did not include the pastor’s salary. We did get paid that evening. I knew we would…;)
I love to hear stories of God’s provision! Comment below and tell how God has provided for you recently!