I asked my wife for a blog topic for today and she mentioned God’s provision. I would say if there is one way that God has consistently made himself known to our family, it’s through His provision. My wife and I have been married since June of 2005. I was taking a few summer classes before my senior year of college, and Angela was working at a bank in Marion, Iowa. We found out about a month after we got married, that we were expecting our first child. Here we were newlyweds, expecting a child to be born on spring break of my Senior year of college. God continually made himself known to us throughout those nine months of preparing for a baby. He taught us to be faithful to Him and He would provide all of our needs. Throughout the next year, I was able to hold a job and finish school, Angela was even denied short-term disability insurance that pays for maternity leave, but God still met our desires for Angela to be able to stay at home once our son, Abel, was born. God was faithful in meeting all our needs
My wife and I were consistent “tithers” in the church, but at times my heart was not right about it. The Lord has had to do a mighty work in me to show that he was in charge of every aspect of my life, even the finances. Over the last couple of years, my wife and I have had unexpected expenses pop up, but it always seems like we had enough to cover them. From time to time, some larger unexpected expenses would pop, $600 car bill here, new tires there, etc, and “somehow” God always brought in the extra income. There are countless examples in just the past few years alone.
One verse that has brought conviction in my life is the following:
Malachai 3:8-10 – “Will a man rob God? Yet your are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now is this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”
Everything that we have is from God; so when we refuse to return to him a part of what he has give, we rob him, plain and simple. This verse hit me hard. Selfishly we reason, but it we could only use those extra dollars every month we could pay off……fill in the blank….
God has really had to do a work in my heart, because I know that my selfishness longs to be in control of things (especially the finances, since I graduated with a degree in finance). The truth is God’s math is different than ours. It doesn’t make sense to us humans with finite minds and with finite resources, how we will have all of our needs met. But the truth is, we serve an infinite God with infinite resources and nothing is impossible for God.
Please note that God’s provision:
- Does not equal my “wish list”
- Sometime means sacrifice in our lifestyle
- Leads to a greater understanding of his character