Trials. We’ve all been there. I’m in the middle of one now. We have five kids in four schools, and were just told we have 30 days to vacate the home we’ve been renting because the owner needs to sell it quickly. So, we’re putting all our possessions into storage immediately and moving into a temporary rental until a new home becomes available in May or June. Which means that we will have to move twice in the next few months – not an easy or desirable situation for anyone.
In addition, my husband and I are business owners, which is a financially volatile lively-hood. Consequently, we are seeking advice and assistance with how to handle our business and finances during this time of uncertainty. However, the Lord prompted us to pray and believe by faith that we will be lenders and not borrowers. “For the Lord your God will bless you, as He promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow,” Deut 15:6. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” Romans 8:28.
At times, we all have felt like we’re in a wave pool where it seems we can barely get a breath before the next wave overtakes us. Oh Lord! Where’s my next breath coming from? But in these times of turmoil and doubt, God often sends people to help us and encourage us in our faith walk through the times of famine, which is what the Lord did for us.
My husband and I had dinner one evening with a well-known evangelist friend of ours, who has miraculously been spared from death twice, recently. He believes the Lord is giving him many more years of life and service here on earth. He spoke with us about his faith and his life and ministry. The Lord mightily used Romans 4:20-21 in his life. In that verse, Paul speaks of Abraham’s faith, “No unbelief made him waiver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, FULLY CONVINCED THAT GOD WAS ABLE TO DO WHAT HE PROMISED!” (Emphasis added).
Our evangelist friend specifically received that verse when more than one million dollars was needed within days to purchase property for their ministry. With an unexpected phone call and a shoebox full of money, came the sudden answer to his prayers, and the property was purchased.
God is able to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Eph 3:20), when we are “fully convinced that God is able to do what he has promised (Rom 4:20-21).” God is faithful. The question is, will we be faithful? By listening to our friend, our faith was elevated, and we know God will move on our behalf in our situation too. We will hold on to the promises of God and believe.
Article Written by: Trish Knox