These are tough economic times for our nation. Furthermore,
our government seems to be powerless in getting things moving in the right
direction. I submit to you that in these
times, one of the best things we can do is to place our faith in God for
meeting our needs. The Bible says, “God shall supply all your need according to
his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
God’s ability to bless us is not subject to the state of our
economy. He doesn’t need to borrow money from other nations, as our government
does. He is not dependent upon Republicans, Democrats, and Independents working
together. Rather, His source resides with Him in heaven, and He has an
inexhaustible supply. If He can create
the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them, surely He knows how to provide
for those who trust and obey Him.
This is not merely religious talk.
I truly believe in God's ability to meet the needs of His people. I say this
not only on the authority of the abovementioned verse and other similar
promises in the Bible, but also I have experienced this truth. During my last church
pastorate, I struggled financially for several years. My wife and I had five
children, she did not work outside the home, and my congregation was very small.
When I first began pastoring that
church, I worked full-time as an engineer. This job paid me well enough to
completely take care of my family. But my travel on that job sometimes made it impossible
for me to be at church during the weekdays when I needed to conduct our
mid-week service as well as lead our prayer meeting later in the week. It
became clear to me that I could not continue to do both. I knew the church
could not fully support me financially, but I was committed to being faithful
to my calling. After much prayer and agonizing over a period of many months, I
quit my job and devoted myself to the business of pastoring.
That decision was very tough on me and my family
financially, but I experienced God's faithfulness like I know I never could
have when all my needs were met, and I didn't need to seriously pray to God and
trust Him to meet my needs. I didn't live as a king or anything, but I saw the undeniable faithfulness of God times without number. I can write a book on my experience and perhaps one
day I will. But suffice it to say that God's faithfulness has become so real to me that I can say
without reservation that if you obey and trust Him, God can supply all your
needs. This He has promised to do, and God cannot lie.
Copyright ©2012 by Frank King. All rights reserved.