My Grandma and I were talking today about the faithfulness of God. My grandma whom I have had the privilege of studying the Word of God with my whole life was telling me she could write a book about how faithful God has been to her.
I said let’s do it. You get started. You have the first one hundred pages and then I will take it from there.
This is her current story (I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing). Living on Social Security. Just had home taxes due this month. Car license plates to pay for. Car insurance. She pays everything after she tithes.
As she was sitting on a frontage road at a stop sign two days ago, someone turned too close to the corner, crosses the line, hit the front end of her car and continues to drive away.
With all these things going on in her life (finacially) and she is reminding me how faithful God has been to her. Explaining how He has always taken care of her and she is confident that He always will.
What an inspiration she is. She says she doesn’t have to worry about where the money is going to come from or if she is going to get it because she knows that GOD IS FAITHFUL.
She is right. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
She loves to tell me the story of when her children were small and my grandfather was hurt from work and they were living on $35 a week. She said people were bringing in meals and groceries. Their bills were always paid and they continued to trust God would take care of them and He did.
Here is my half of the book. Don’t worry today it won’t be 100+ pages.
I have been a stay-at-home mom for 8 years. When my husband and I decided that I would stay home we were not sure how we would be able to manage with our income being cut by more than half.
I knew that God would take care of us. Growing up, my family lived on a shoestring budget. I always felt like we had everything even though I knew we didn’t have much money. It was a life I had been accustomed to growing up and felt we too could handle it and knew God would be faithful.
I have many similar stories as my grandma. There are weeks that I have looked at the shampoo bottle and thought for certain it will be gone before Friday and it lasts for two more weeks.
I cannot tell you how many times the diaper box has looked nearly empty and should not last through Tuesday and it lasts until the next payday.
When Mother Hubbard's cupboard seems completely bare, we eat better meals than when our cupboards are full.
The checkbook appears to be completely empty but we have not one more need until Friday payday.
Every bill is paid, every month and on time.
One thing that my husband and I have learned is we were completely frivolous with our money before I stopped working. The most important thing that we have learned, however, is GOD IS FAITHFUL.
Time and time again we seem to be living on the edge of being completely empty and yet we have all we need.
In the past eight years we have not been without. GOD IS FAITHFUL.
We are not frugal. We get the things we need and often times get the things that we want but the bottom line is we trust that God will take care of us. We trust His promises to us. We have no doubts of what He will and can do because we have lived His promises.
I can rest in the promise of Matthew 6:25-26 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life--whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to Him than they are?"
As my grandma and I were sitting by the pond at the park today, we were admiring the instinctual skills of a large group of ducks walking around pecking at the ground. I said, "What are they eating?" The only thing we could see were a few leaves and the grass.
The funny thing was the ducks knew. They knew what was there was worthy of being food. They knew where to go to get what they needed. They were not wandering around the park with the heads thrown back, quacking songs of worry about where they were going to get their next meal. It was just there for them. They knew it.
Don’t miss the part in Matthew 6:26 when Jesus says, “Aren’t you more valuable to Him than they are?” God takes care of the ducks. They don’t question his sources. They don’t question the amount or if He has limits. They just eat. No worries.
Christ reminds us we are more valuable than they are. What am I promised? I am promised that God will take care of me and I can tell you without question GOD IS FAITHFUL.