A Word Fitly Spoken

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 25:11

For the last couple of weeks I have been debating about what to do about transportation. My car hit 300,000 miles, so I was faced with the dilemma of keep it going or get another car. I found a couple of cars that might work, but the price was a little more than I really wanted to pay. I also was just at the point in my budget where I actually could cover my current bills and set up payments to take care of an outstanding bill. A car payment would just put me into the same old mess. When the credit union wouldn’t loan me the money, I decided that I should just keep my old car running by making a few repairs, pay off the bill, and try to start saving for at least a down payment. On Monday the car broke down on the way home, leaving me stranded on the side of the road despite having repairs done. I was beginning to think I had made the wrong decision.

As I contemplated trying to get a loan through the dealership, I was praying for guidance. All day long I kept running into the same idea: Trust God. First, my devotional reading two days in a row were as follows:

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

Psalms 112:7

The writer was talking about if we had confidence in God’s provision, then our lives would be so different. When we get bad news, we shouldn’t be afraid if we trust in God to handle the situation. The next day the scripture reading was as follows:

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Hebrews 13:5-6

The author wrote about a warning light on her car and a repair that didn’t fit into her budget. She noted that earlier that same week God had turned a mistake into a perfectly timed solution. It was so on point to my situation that it stunned me although we should never be surprised when God answers us so clearly.

Another book I was reading talked about how they had prayed for this piece of equipment for 18 months with no way to pay for it. Then, God had it donated to them, and the person said he had put the item in storage 18 months ago. God had prepared the answer for the perfect time without them having to worry about cost. They just had to be patient and wait on God’s timing.

Then, I saw a Dave Ramsey Instagram post about no car payment being the best thing.

Then, I scrolled through and saw this:

I decided to wait 6 months to a year to save up money for another car and to pay off the other bill. Since then, through a couple of circumstances, a couple of things were taken off my budget and a couple of opportunities for extra work have popped up.  God will provide a way for us, but sometimes we have to be willing to wait and deal with minor inconveniences in order to grow our faith.

Since I made the decision to wait, God sent me some small blessings as a reminder that He has not forgotten me. I was blessed with a replacement for a 2nd monitor that went out, which makes my writing tasks easier. I also had waited to buy some hand lettering supplies that finally came today. He even sent a funny turkey running across a side road to give me a laugh this morning. God will show us the answers to our questions if we are open to receiving it and wait with patience on the answer.

What are you waiting on? Look around because the answer may be closer than you realized, and it may come from unusual sources, possibly a turkey. You just never know.

Daily Bread

If you watch enough television, you see a lot of commercials for banking and investments, planning your future financially. While I think we should be responsible with money, I think too many people are falling prey to the world’s mindset about wealth and independence.

When the Israelites were in the desert before they reached the Promised Land, God gave them daily manna, literally bread for the day. He provided for their needs on a daily basis, and no matter how they tried, the manna would not last overnight except for on the Sabbath as God ordained. Even one of the best known prayers in scripture says “Give us this day our daily bread.” The point was to teach them dependence on Him.

In the parable about the stewards who are left in charge of money, two invested their shares and made a profit for their master, and one did nothing except hold onto his share. Two of them did the best that they could with what they had been entrusted, while the third hoarded his share in fear. I think the point here is to make the most of what you have been given for your master, Jesus Christ, because what we have was given to us by Him. We are only stewards.

Sometimes we get caught up in the idea of saving for the future and making investments out of fear. The rich man decided to build another barn to store up his riches, but he didn’t live to enjoy them. Only God knows the future. He is the one we should trust for our daily bread. The Christian journey is one of learning to depend on Christ, while the dream of being independently wealthy is a world view centered on self-reliance. As Christians, we are children of the King who owns everything and will give us what we need if we rely on Him. Our purpose is to make the most of what he has given us this day. If it be riches, then use them wisely for the building of His kingdom and not the building of a new storage shed. If it be but a pittance, like the poor widow’s mite, give it in thankfulness. Find a balance between wasting what you’ve been given and hoarding it in fear of the future.

Be a good steward…and remember…you are only a steward. It is God’s to give and take as He pleases for His purposes. It is ours to do the best we can with what we have been given and to trust in His providence for our daily bread.