Monday, August 26, 2013

This too, Lord?


This too, Lord?

{excerpt from God Still Meets Needs: a collection of devotions available on amazon.com}
By Traci Thompson

 
Exodus 9:16 “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”(NIV)

 
            My faith struggled a lot in dealing with the diabetes in our family (four out of five with type one) but I was always so grateful that financial struggles weren’t thrown into the mix. I even had an entitled sort of view of it that “God has asked so much of us already, I’m sure He wouldn’t put us into financial hardship along with all the health issues.” It was a situation where I said, “Everyone has something that God tests them with through which they learn dependence on Him and mine is the health of my spouse and children–money–that’s for someone else.” Then, the wolf came to our door…

 
            That week we had scraped the bottom of the barrel, our bank account. For the first time I felt real fear and doubt. Were we actually going to miss this month’s payments? Were we really at a place where we couldn’t afford to buy a can of coffee? My husband and I just sat down together and said, “Perhaps so.” We offered ourselves to God’s will in prayer and set out the next day to do whatever was in our power to do–send out more resum├ęs and show up at both jobs each day. Two days later, and two days before the first of the month, I opened the mail to a rebate check for an energy-efficient furnace we bought the previous winter–just enough to cover the payments ahead.

 
            Thank you, God, for your incredible faithfulness…if You want to show Your power by sustaining us through the disease in our household or by filling our empty pockets or in the never-ending oil jar*, well then, we just praise Your Name for all Your wondrous works!


*I Kings 17 and II Kings 4