“Times are tough,” he repeated. “I asked God why I couldn’t get a break. Do you know what He said?”

I listened intently as one of our local vendors talked about the decline in his family business. His question was rhetorical, so I remained quiet.

The vendor drew in a long breath before continuing. “God said, ‘Son, when I give you the space you desire, you stray away from me.’”

Learning to Cling:

When I say that I understand this vendor’s hardship, I really do. My husband and I travailed a similar hardship. Suffice it to say, that our world was turned upside down by a single phone call.

My husband and I were crushed and terrified, living day-to-day financially.  We identified easily with the words of the Psalmist, “For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs” (Psalm 66:10-11).  Like the Psalmist, we clung to God.

As we trusted God to provide for our grocery and electric bills, plus put fuel in our cars, my husband and I experienced a life-changing faith journey. The “scales fell from (our) eyes, and (we) regained (our) sight” (Acts 9:18).

Firstly, we discovered that God is faithful. Secondly, we stopped taking things for granted, which we did during our season of self-sufficiency. Thirdly, we became humble, dependent and thankful to God for everything we have.

God’s Provisions:

We witnessed God’s provision in ways we never could have imagined. Miracles, which we began to refer to as “our daily manna,” occurred everyday.

God provided miracles through people, who didn’t have a clue about our financial struggles. For example, someone sent my husband a card that read, “God told me to pray this verse for you— ‘The Lord will command the blessing on you in your barns, and in all that you undertake. And he will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you’ (Deuteronomy 28:8).”

Another person bought my husband a new pair of Reeboks. Why? While the man didn’t offer a reason, we knew why. My husband needed a new pair of gym shoes, and God supplied them through the kindness of an acquaintance.

One day, I drove home from work and prayed diligently for two-hundred dollars to pay an unexpected bill. I checked the mailbox when I got home. To my amazement, I discovered a thank-you note from a neighboring church where I lectured without pay. The minister included a love offering inside the card, written in the amount of (you guessed it) two-hundred dollars.

Finally, my husband’s family owned a piece of property that he and his siblings wanted to sell. The real estate agent warned them that, for various reasons, they might experience difficulty selling the property. It needed a unique buyer. One day, even before the house went on the market, a man approached my husband and offered him cash.

God’s Abundance:

I vehemently oppose teaching a prosperity gospel. However, I believe that God provides our daily needs, when we “lean into Him” like a baby nestling against his mother’s breast. I believe that God longs to pour His blessings upon us.

My husband and I praise God for this difficult season of life.  We learned to cling to God, to trust in His faithfulness and to thank Him every evening for the daily manna He graciously provided us throughout the day. “We went through fire and through water; yet, (God) brought us out to a place of abundance” (Psalm 66:12).

The most remarkable miracle of all is that the abundance wasn’t the dollars and cents, which we received. The abundance was God Himself.

Prayer:

Father God,

We pray You pour your heavenly blessings upon all your children who are struggling with financial burdens. Let them learn to cling to You for everything and to discover that You are faithful. Bring them through the fire and water to a place of abundance in Christ our Lord.

Amen

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