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An Opportunity to Grow in Faith

May 6, 2009

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Pick up a newspaper or turn on a news television program and you are bombarded by reporters telling of the desperately bad financial situation of people all over America—lost jobs, home foreclosures, needing to cut down on buying almost anything.

I don’t want to downplay the fact that some of this is happening, but what we are experiencing is not anything new. I spent many years in the work force and I went through some of these same things through the years.

I’ve lost jobs more than once and had to settle for much lower-paying positions several times. Thank God I’ve never had a house suffering foreclosure but then we never went out on a limb for something we couldn’t afford and we made it a point to pay off what we owed as quickly as possible. We’ve also lived in the same, relatively small house for 40 years. Is it as large or snazzy as we might have wished throughout that time? No, but it has been adequate and not lacking in necessary comfort.

Have we cut down on buying things we might have wanted? Sure, but we’ve learned that a lot of those were truly “stuff” which were not needs, just wants. And we’ve even learned since retirement that, yes, you can live on what Social Security pays, which is not all that much.

Are all these things, these questions, valid things to consider? Should we be wringing our hands and agonizing about them or should we be welcoming them as opportunities to grow in faith?

Because the real question is: Do we believe what our Bible tells us in Philippians or don’t we? If we cannot accept these words as truth, then aren’t we placing ourselves in a position of doubting whether we can accept any of what we read in the rest of the Bible—little details like God loving us so much that He sent Jesus to this world to save us? Easter just passed. What about what the Bible shares about Jesus’ suffering, His death, burial, and resurrection?

We all know there are people in this world who believe that the words in Philippians and all the rest are not true. How sad it is that they will have to spend an eternity learning how wrong they were.

Dear Lord, I thank you for the promise of your Word and trust that it is true. I also stand amazed that not only do you supply all my need but even so often give me extra “wants” as well.

Trudy Graham

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One Comment leave one →
  1. gordon permalink
    May 6, 2009 2:25 pm

    Thanks Trudy for the reminder to trust God no matter what…

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