For almost two years, my wife and I have been living on an income of $1200/month. Our bills came close to or exceeded $1700/month, yet God came through with the shortfall every single month. Although that shortfall came in many various forms – royalties from my novels, help from the church, assistance from friends, mysterious monetary findings – we were provided for.
A few weeks ago, my wife’s job of 4+ years ended, leaving us with an income of $120/month.
During this walk, I’ve heard it said many times that because our circumstances change that maybe that’s God’s way of telling us that He’s changed his mind or the plan we thought He laid out for us. I’ve come to learn that simply looking at your circumstances cannot be trusted as a clear indicator of God’s will for your life. If that were true, when things get hard, we’d turn tail and run in the opposite direction God intends for us to go.
No, most times God expects us to follow Him regardless of our circumstances. And sometimes, He works those circumstances to bring us victory and Him glory.
Take Gideon for instance. He had 32,000 men at his disposal to do away with the Midianites and Amalakites that had been tormenting the people of Israel. But God thought that was too many. If they went into battle with that many and Israel won, Israel would credit themselves for the victory.
If you read through the text – Judges 7 – you’ll see that God ended up leaving Gideon with 300 men to go into battle against 135,000 Midianites and Amalekites. I love the description in Vs. 12: “Now the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the sons of the east were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; their camels were without number, as numerous as the sand on the seashore.”
God could have easily granted Gideon victory with his 32,000 men. But he wanted to show Gideon – and the rest of Israel – that he could grant victory even with only 300 at his disposal. And in doing so, Israel had no choice but to give God the credit.
God can do what He needs to with $120 as easily as he can with $1700. And He has. For the last couple weeks God brought in enough to pay our bills, either with spare jobs that came up or assistance from unlikely sources.
Don’t get me wrong. This walk is difficult. To trust that God will be faithful with the promises he made – it can be hard when the waiting gets long like it has. We live in an age of instant gratification. But God does not change. He doesn’t operate on our schedule. He has a master plan, and that plan will come through in His timing, which is perfect.
I am happy to say that my wife did find a great job last week that should bring in enough to pay the bills completely. We walked through the fire of trial and came out holding a crown of victory. Not just because we believed. Faith is crucial, because without faith we cannot please God. But we came through unharmed because God is faithful. Ever faithful, ever true.