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?