In the last post ★ Back to the Basics – GOD IS…MERCIFUL ★, we talked about how even though God is just, He is also merciful! Today we are going to see that GOD IS…PROVIDER…
Prior to the Coronavirus, most people dreaded April 15 as it was the filing deadline for IRS. For us, this day is the anniversary of an amazing answer to prayer. On April 15, 2006 my wife and I went to a Couple’s Breakfast in which the topic was “Reaching for Financial Freedom.” At the time, we has credit card debt, student loans, a minivan car payment and a ridiculously large mortgage payment we could barely afford. After hearing the husband and wife speakers speak on the provision of God, we prayed that in one year’s time we would be debt free. Exactly one year later, we were on a flight to Texas having that prayer answered! As a result of leaving NJ to TX we were completely debt free (excluding the mortgage).
Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
This verse has always brought me great comfort that that the creator of the universe is mindful of me a mere mortal (see Psalm 8:4-8). In the time of unprecedented chaos and uncertainty, it is so comforting for me to know that my Heavenly Father will provide if I will trust Him. In my Wednesday morning Bible Study (that we are now conducting virtually), we are reading the Old Testament book of Malachi. In Malachi 3:10 (NLT) it says:
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!”
My whole life God has provided for me even when I far, far from Him! After I came to trust in Jesus in 1998, tithing came natural to me and I have seen move in so many ways! This past April 15, I received a notification that the Coronavirus stimulus check had been deposited into our bank account which “coincidentally” is the 13 year anniversary of us moving here from NJ!! God’s timing is perfect in so many ways, and I just love how on a day when so many have to pay the IRS, God orchestrated that we would be blessed with the check on our anniversary of His greatest provision. God is a provider and a promise keeper! Just trust in Him!
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