God sure has been teaching me a lesson on provision the past few months. Sometimes when it comes to finances we put the burden solely on ourselves. It can feel like we are fighting on our own to find the right job, get that raise, or get that promotion. We minimize what God is able to do when it comes to finances. Mainly because it feels like it’s our own abilities that get us these things. But don’t doubt the power God has to influence and bless these areas of your life.
“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”
At the beginning of June I found myself suddenly living alone. My roommate of over 6 years had suddenly moved out. I was faced with double the rent and utilities. To say I was stressed was an understatement. The cost of rent on my house can be a heavy burden for just one person to bear. I definitely had my freak out moments but I took the situation to God in prayer and felt a real peace about staying put.
It was a weird feeling to have peace about staying in my house with no prospects of a roommate and the strain I knew it would put on my finances. Sometimes we just have to be obedient even when the situation doesn’t make sense to us. I had to put my trust in God to provide.
Around the time that this happened, I dissolved a business and set the money aside to help pay the extra rent. I thought this would at least cover me for 3 to 4 months. During this time I continued to pray that God would make a way for a someone to move in. I started putting feelers out there for a roommate but even when what seemed like a perfect match would pop up, it would suddenly fall through.
About 4 weeks after finding out my roommate was moving out, I got a call from my boss. My current position had been re-assessed. I suddenly was looking at a substantial pay increase. While it didn’t cover the full difference in rent and bills, it did cover a good portion of that. God was making moves in ways I didn’t even ask for because I did not see them as possibilities.
While God is still taking me through this season and teaching me every day, it’s been three and a half months and I haven’t even touched that money that I thought would buy me another 3 to 4 months. God has been providing in so many different ways. It’s seriously been a personal loaves and the fishes story for me!
I know that sometimes we go through seasons like this and it isn’t that easy. It’s downright hard on us and we can’t see any breakthrough while we are in it. Believe me, I’ve been there. But through this season He is showing me that when I trust in Him and not in my own abilities, He is faithful.
I’m sharing this with you today partly as a praise report of how God is working in my life, and also to encourage you. Whatever you are going through, give it over to God. Not just part of it, but all of it. God will provide for you, it just doesn’t always look like what we expect it to. Stop trying to still hold on and control the situation. Take it to God in prayer and be obedient in where He is guiding you through that season.
I’d love to hear some of your recent praise reports too. Please feel free to share them in the comments below.