Thursday, October 6, 2011

Amid Financial Fears - Dinner #31

     In a day where people are losing their jobs, their homes, their vehicles, etc., it is important to still be THANKFUL!  I saw a little saying on facebook, the other day, that I immediately had to write down and post on our refrigerator: “What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” Wow! Would we still have Baby smiles and Husband kisses? Would we still have air to breathe and eyes to see with? Would we still have running water and electricity? Without a doubt, we need to be a more thankful people! Finances may be terrible and bills may be hard to pay, but we are so much more BLESSED than any of us even realizes!! Proverbs 15:16-17 declares, "Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith."
     Most people have stories to tell of times when finances were tough early on in their marriage, but now more than ever, people at ALL stages of life are struggling. My husband and I understand what it’s like to buy beef, potatoes, eggs, and oatmeal when we could afford little else.  We know what it’s like to be driving with the gas tank below empty, praying that we’d make it to our job and back.  We know what it’s like to purchase one canister of formula, and trust God to supply the rest of our baby’s food for the week.  But we ALSO know that God has PROVIDED FOR OUR NEEDS, time and time again! Unexpected checks and giftcards have arrived in the mail, a bonus has suddenly been awarded at Brandon’s work, an illness has gone away on its own before a doctor’s visit was necessary . . . and we have NEVER ONCE gone hungry.  Psalm 34:9-10 “O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.”
     The wonderful thing is, that every time God provides for you, He is giving you a story to tell the generation to come!  Psalm 78:4+7 “. . . shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done . . . That they might set their hope in God . . .”  Just like the Israelites erecting the twelve stones in Joshua 4, we need to share how God has provided for us in the past. “And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land . . . That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.” When you share with others how good God has been to you, even the unsaved catch a glimpse of the power of God!
     Sometimes it is just wonderful to recall that God DOES indeed know our every need! Matthew 6:32 declares, “. . . for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.” He thinks about you and cares about you! In Psalm 37:25, David tells us, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Do you remember the story in I Kings about the widow whose barrel of meal did not run out and whose cruse of oil did not run dry? Our Lord and Savior does not change! He who provided for that widow’s needs, can still take care of His children, today!  May we all learn, more than ever, how to trust Him with thankful hearts!

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