September 24, 2017

Being Abraham: revisited

School is starting up again for my husband. He’s about 33% of the way through his M.Div program (4 more years to go, maybe?). And every semester has been a challenge in many ways, but especially financially.

But though it’s been difficult and uncertain, God has been so faithful to provide just what we need, just when we need it. And every semester, I think back to when he first enrolled in seminary, in August 2010. I wrote a post at that time about what we were anticipating, and how we were (not really) planning to get through it all.

We were walking by faith, just like Abraham did when he set out to an unknown country. He only knew that God had called him to go, but he had no idea where he was going, when he would get there, or what might happen along the way.

And you know what?

God kept leading. He kept directing Abraham, kept providing for him. He never left the man on his own. Never stopped being there, never stopped directing or protecting.

It’s kind of like that for us. When my husband signed up for that very first semester, we knew how tuition would be paid, but we had no idea where our living expenses would come from. But we knew that we were doing what God called us to do at that moment.

Some might have called it foolish. We called it obedience.

And God blessed us. No, we didn’t suddenly become rich, or start getting things for free. But God used others to help provide for our needs – some on a regular basis, and some just when the Spirit led.

It brought tears to my eyes, every time God provided money or food or whatever just when we needed it. His timing and provision was always completely perfect!

So we enter this school year… not quite self-sufficient yet, although hopefully headed in that direction. But we enter it with a sure hope, a steadfast faith, an unwavering confidence that our God will provide all our needs.

Things might be tight for a while, we may have to go without a few comforts, but a place to live? Food on the table? Insurance and affordable medications? He will provide everything that we truly need.

And so we continue being Abraham, walking by faith and not by sight.

 

 

QUESTIONS for YOU: How have you seen God provide your needs in a difficult time? How has He shown Himself faithful during challenging circumstances?

 

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Comments

  1. We’ve been there. Peter used to move the washing machines when he was in college, hoping to find enough dropped change to do his laundry that week. Paying the bills and buying his books? He never knew where that was going to come from – but it always did.

    This morning I am blown away by God’s faithfulness to us over our lives. I see those who are hurting and in need all around us. Overseas, the needs were different than they are here, but they are still needs. We’ve always given what we could to those who needed it, but this year, for the first time, we have been able to give generously because God has given so generously to us.

    But you know what? Money in the bank account doesn’t bring peace. I just got an email from a friend – a missionary in Africa. An American missionary. She currently has $9 to her name. NINE DOLLARS. And she wrote that she has never experienced such peace from the Lord, even when her savings account was full and overflowing. A national friend hasn’t been paid this month, so she invited him over to divvy up the food that she had in her cabinet so that both of them (and his family) could eat for the month. What a reminder – it all belongs to Him!! He cares for the sparrows of the field, He can and will care for us.

    Praying that you will continue to see God and learn the lessons He wants you to learn. Thanks for sharing!

    • Carrie, what an amazing testimony of faith and obedience, by your friend in Africa! You’re so right. We don’t need money or a nice house or other stuff to give peace. We just need to trust God.

      And sometimes, I think it might be easier to know that peace and trust when we DON’T have much. Because we’re constantly reminded of His amazing provision.

      Thanks for the encouragement, friend 🙂

  2. As a seminary wife, I know exactly what you are talking about. Exactly… 🙂 God is faithful, and we know He will provide. We are simply called to obey!

  3. As missionaries my husband and I have to totally rely on God. My husband is attending Christ Seminary here at Polokwane and doing missionary work in Mozambique. Your post was timely as even now it seems our finances are dwindling but I know if this is where God wants us to be He will provide.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Debbie! Your comment reminds of the quote “Where God guides, He provides.” If He wants you there, He’ll make sure you have everything you truly need!

  4. We have been there and we are there now, also. I love how God always provides and meets our needs. Praying for you as you continue to trust in Him!

  5. Loved this. God is faithful to provide. I have a country sign over my kitchen sink that says “The Lord Will Provide” to remind me. 🙂