I have many stories of how God has provided for us in the past. I know I will have many more before He takes me home. Right now as we wait on His leading, what He is providing is peace. God reveals His loving care to us more and more each day.
This morning I read about King Amaziah of Judah in 2 Chronicles. He had plans to go to war along with the King of Israel. Then he was visited by a “man of God” who told him not to ally himself with this king because “the Lord is not with Israel”. The Lord was with King Amaziah. He listened to the man of God, but he had some financial concerns. This is where the story caught my attention.
“Amaziah said to the man of God, “But what shall we do about the hundred talents that I have given to the army of Israel?” 2 Chronicles 25:9a
I am sure he had much more than that in his treasury. He was the king after all. Yet he was concerned for his investment; not God, though.
“The man of God answered, “The Lord is able to give you much more than this.”” 2 Chronicles 25:9b
Todd and I just had this conversation yesterday. Well, not exactly, but so close. As you can imagine there are many financial expenditures that go along with starting a business. We were discussing our expenses and we both felt peace about how God is leading. Our “100 talents” are in good Hands. Just as God had a plan for His people thousands of years ago. He has a plan for us today.
I am becoming increasingly aware that this road we are traveling is not all about getting Todd gainfully employed. In fact, for me it is more about learning to depend more on God; to know Him better and to love Him more deeply.
When I look back over these months or years, whatever the case may be, I want to see that I kept my focus on my Heavenly Father. That I counted this trial all joy; that I experienced more of His peace. Above all I hope that I will see that I drew increasingly closer to and more dependent on Jesus Christ.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
I woke up sad this morning. Today is the 21st day of my commitment to fast and pray for our new business. Before you drop your jaw at the word “fast” and think I have been starving for 3 weeks let me explain. I made a vow to avoid sugar and salty snacks for 3 weeks, and to more intensely pray that God would open doors and make clear his plan for us praying “Thy will be done”.
As soon as I realized what day it was I thought we have not heard from you Lord. Then He brought to my mind 1 Samuel 13. In this passage King Saul was instructed to wait 7 days for the prophet Samuel to come and offer sacrifices. When the 7th day dawned Samuel had not come so Saul offered the sacrifices. Just as soon as he finished Samuel came.
“And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which he commanded you.” 1 Samuel 13:13
In the first week of my vow Todd said it may take longer than 3 weeks, my response was I will do this as long as I need to. But somehow my mind tells me that today is the magic day. It is not. Saul was told it would be 7 days and he did not wait. Not only was he told he acted foolishly, but he lost his kingdom. I have no kingdom to lose but I would not want to be considered foolish. I want to be faithful.
This morning my prayer is,
“I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24
We are soon approaching six months of Todd’s unemployment. We have learned much about trusting God to provide and waiting on His leading and direction. His hand has been on us and we have peace about the future. We have come to a point in time in which Todd feels he needs clear direction. In light of this we are praying more intensely and calling for more prayer support.
So what is the prayer that never fails?
“Thy will be done”
I have prayed about his job situation for years – this job loss came as no surprise to us. These past several months I have prayed specifically for many opportunities that have come his way. I am now changing directions and just opening it completely to God’s leading and direction and praying as Jesus Christ taught us to pray, “Thy will be done”
“Thy will be done” is best for Todd, for me, for our children. God has plans for us, a hope and a future; He has cared for us and will continue.
If you have read to this point, will you partner with us in praying for God’s will to be done? Our desire is to be aware of His will, open to His plans for us, and, above all, to be obedient servants of Jesus Christ.