If I told you I’ve been through some hard times, you’d probably not be surprised or even overly sympathetic because most of us have been there. Many of us have faced tragedy and devastation at some point during our lifetimes. Life is hard. People can be cruel and disappoint us. But God is worthy to be trusted. He is always good. Period. Below is a story about His complete peace and goodness during financial crisis:
Early in our marriage, my husband and I suffered what should have been a debilitating financial meltdown due to greed and power surrounding my father-in-law’s business which was taken from him by key people in the company. My brand new husband, who was part of the company, lost his job which was most of our income. Also, we had foolishly financed our honeymoon which compounded our troubles. My husband’s father lost not only his business but his primary source of income. Close friends who were involved with the business venture either lost their money, jobs, or turned on my father-in-law who was the CEO and founder of the company. Times were dark. I can still remember getting the phone call that literally brought me to my knees in tears as my husband told me that we had lost everything. But we didn’t lose everything. Our hope, marriage, and dependence was on Jesus, our firm foundation.
I’ll be the first to tell you it wasn’t easy to trust God or anyone else during those times. I am the ultimate distruster. If I can’t do it all myself, I whine a lot. Hey, I’m just being honest! I’m a control freak, but in the situation with my husband’s job, I had to be dependent. I had no choice. We could barely pay our bills. Each month looked bleak, but He is always faithful. He is sovereign and He provides exactly what we need.
We never missed a meal. He always supplied us with food — even from people who didn’t know we needed it! They simply felt compelled to make a casserole for our family and would knock on the door and say, “We don’t know what you’re going through, but God put it on our hearts that you might need a couple of meals.” Also, we never missed paying our bills. When we’d pray, asking God for help, with complete dependency on Him to supply, He always did. If we needed $500 to pay bills, it was miraculously supplied to us by the time the bill was due. Again, many times the people closest to us didn’t even know we were in need, but the exact amount of money or food needed to get from month to month was supplied.
Eventually, we recovered financially. The whole situation taught us how to be better stewards of our money and grow together as a married couple. It also taught us how to be more dependent on Him overall — something I’ve never been able to do well! We look back now, and I think the most amazing thing about the entire situation is God gave us peace beyond all understanding through the crisis. We knew He would supply and He always did. Just as a father looks after the welfare of his children, God the Father — the Ultimate Father — wraps us in His protective arms if we rely on Him. He always wants the very best for His children.
New International Version (NIV)
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.”