In my mid-thirties I prayed about going to seminary full-time with a wife and four children to support. We embarked on that adventure with faith that God would provide as we trusted Him. I shared one of many stories of God’s provision last month. I want to share another one. However, what built our faith wasn’t so much God’s provision for our financial needs, but the way He taught us that He cares for everything in life and can reveal Himself any way He wishes as we cast all our cares on Him.
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Chariot of Fire Blog
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” Do you remember that line in the old hymn by John H. Sammis? It’s true, relevant, and proven. All believers in Jesus Christ go through times of testing so that they may learn this important lesson in walking with Jesus. Alma and I have had our share of opportunities to prove that God is faithful when we obey Him.
Recently, some friends invited Alma and me to their home for a meal. After a delicious lunch, we asked how we could pray for them. They were in the midst of a serious ongoing problem. They are co-owners of a family business, and they informed us that they were out of money and were shutting it down the next day. The ripple effect would obviously affect the families of all of their employees and current customers. They didn’t see any other options and were facing the reality that apparently the Lord’s will was for the business to close.