If you have ever called out to God and heard no answer…
Please know that He has heard you, and He has already begun working…
God equips you with everything good for his will. He works in you to do his work, to please him (Hebrews 13:21). He meets you where you are and he builds you up.
He takes weakness and strengthens…
“There is no sin, no guilt, no shame, no fear, no loneliness, no heartache, no loss, no depression, no sadness, no terror, no pain, no challenge, no weakness that Jesus has not experienced and overcome” (Clark, 2015).
Jesus will rescue you! And when he does, you will be changed— a work will have been done in you.
For us, my husband and I, God took our pride away. He asked us to reconsider our perceptions of government funding and to apply for government assistance. In so doing, we applied for unemployment and for food stamps.
In the midst of our submission, we were attacked by the enemy. The results were not as we had expected. The help we needed was not provided. Our flesh was not at peace.
We felt lost and confused.
I couldn’t understand why God would have us file for food stamps, only to be judged by the color of our skin and denied without even having looked at our paperwork; without even looking at our need. I sat in my car crying, pouring my heart out to the Lord, confused.
Was this just a test? Did he want us to prove to Him, to ourselves, that we had let go of our pride? Was this not the lesson? Why hadn’t he provided for us in this way? Why hadn’t he rescued us?
Why were we hurting so much?
We didn’t know it then… but God was working in us and through us… Even when we had no idea what was going on or how we would survive it, God was working…
God’s plans do not always look the way we expect them to look. He works all things out to the proper end, even if it looks like evil is prevailing (Proverbs 16:4). “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). For his plans are perfect (Psalms 18:30).
I continued crying out; telling God that I didn’t know what we were going to do; that I didn’t know where we were going to get money for groceries; that I didn’t know how we were going to pay our bills.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
Finding rest in this, I grabbed my Bible for more encouragement. As I read the Psalms, my tears spilled all over the pages. Everything I read was about God’s majesty.
My phone, then, rang. My younger sister told me that she had $300 to spend on food and that she only needed a hundred of it. She took me grocery shopping and purchased $200 worth of food for my husband and I. We had never had that much food in our home. $80 worth of food usually got us through a month and a half. Our cabinets were flowing with milk and honey. Praise God!
How majestic it was to have my younger sister bless us in this way! How awesome it was to have my younger sister do the works God placed on her heart! How astounding it was for God to use a precious treasure such as my sister to carry out God’s plan! I’ll tell you, it was much, much more righteous than receiving help from the government. #GlorytoGod