Richness In Poverty
By Dixie Walker Money.
There never seems to be enough!
Perhaps you’ve gone through stressful fi nancial seasons as I have, and end up asking yourself these types of questions:
- How can I get my child braces on her teeth when my job ended six months ago?
- How can I afford to take my baby to the doctor when we don’t have health insurance?
- How can I pay for summer childcare when we’re so far in debt?
The day-to-day of making ends meet is a common concern for many parents. Loss of jobs. Paying off your own student loans. Birth of additional babies. Car problems. Sick parents. Credit cards. It’s one thing to feel overwhelmed with bills to pay when you’re single. But then add in multiple family members, and the anxiety can be overwhelming!
God’s Provision — Just in Time!
This afternoon my mom (who is in her late 70s) was recounting a memory to me. The story was how God provided for her and my dad over 50 years ago, just before they married. Story in short — their wedding details were planned: the bridal dress and rings had been purchased, the service was planned, everything was in place for a beautiful November wedding. However, neither of them owned a car!
But wouldn’t you know — one day in October that year, my grandpa just happened to see a car for sale along the roadside. He and my dad later went to look at it, and the price was such that my dad purchased the car — just in time for him and Mom to wed a few weeks later. God had provided for their needs “out of nowhere.” That happened more than 50 years ago.
This morning, I was reading in my Bible about a man named Elijah who was defi nitely in need. 1 Kings chapter 17 shares the story of how this prophet was totally taken care of by the Lord. One time God instructed ravens (yes, birds!) to transport bread and meat to Elijah throughout the day as provision for his dietary necessities. Following that episode, the Lord provided daily ingredients — from what appeared to be empty containers — for a widow to make bread for Elijah, herself, and her son. Once again, God performed miracles in order to care for His servant Elijah and this sweet family of two.
So, why is it that we think our heavenly Father will not care for us in the same way we desire to provide for our own children’s needs?
I think back over the years to how often God has provided for me, my husband, and our son when circumstances looked completely dismal — as in only having $40 in the bank! But then, money came our way, just in time. Although I may have chalked it up to the kindness of someone else, the fact is that God used the abundance of those kind individuals as a way of providing for our needs at the very time we needed it.
I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences when money or resources for what your family members were needing came through at the exact time they were was required — mortgage payments, school clothes and shoes, winter coats for the kids, eye glasses, or simply groceries to get through the week ahead.
It’s amazing to stop and think about all the ways God is at work around us. He doesn’t wish for us to worry, but rather to trust fully in His provision for our every need in life. Jesus explains this so simply in Matthew 6:25-34, where He says: “ ‘Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear … Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?’ ”
It’s All in God’s Hands
So, when we stop and really think about this matter of “not having enough,” there’s actually a richness in our poverty. It’s through times of need that we realize how rich we are in God’s economy! Think of how God blesses us each day with the air we breathe, our family’s health, our necessary supplies, our children and good friends. God has this thing of provision covered! We’re reminded in Psalm 84:11, “The LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”
Think About It
What has happened within your family over the past few weeks that seemed impossible, but somehow it worked out?
~ “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
When did things seem hopeless, and then the problems disappeared before your eyes?
~ “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Rom. 8:28).
When have you been lacking, and then provision was placed before your very eyes without any logical reason? God provides for our needs, just as He did for Elijah!
~ Read 1 Kings chapter 17.
What Bible promise can you hold to from this day forward, knowing God will care for your family?
~ “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).
Although it may feel like we’re walking this path of adversity alone, God is already on the other side of it ready to help us take those fi rst few wobbly steps of faith. With each step comes more confi dence in knowing the Lord will see us through it all!
Dixie Walker has been in childhood ministry with families and teachers for the past 20 years. She and her family currently reside in the metro Atlanta area.
This article originally appeared in ParentLife Magazine (January 2018) ParentLife.