Tuesday, November 22, 2011

He's good.

It's near the end of the month & as some of you know, that means it's crunch time for us financially. And I don't just mean we might bounce a check or two (or ten). Sigh.

Last night, when I crawled into bed, I had just checked the bank account online. I was frustrated. But I talked to God about it & determined that worry and sitting around thinking about it would do me *no good*, so I just let it go & tried to put it into the hands of God for the night. I started thinking of Scriptures in relation to our situation, mostly trying to think of ones about worry & trusting God. The old stand-by (Proverbs 3:5-6) came to mind. It says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart & lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." In other words, don't try to figure it out yourself, lean on Him for guidance & let Him handle it. But beyond that verse, I couldn't think of anything else. I was tired, so I went to sleep.

All throughout the night, literally every 45 minutes to an hour, I was awakened. I needed to go potty a few times, but some of the times I just woke up for no apparent reason. And funny thing...every single time, God put a particular Bible verse in my mind. I couldn't think of where it was located exactly or even all of the words! All I could remember was "God will give exceedingly & abundantly..." I took great comfort in feeling like He was trying to convey to me that He was going to go over & above our needs, that He would provide abundantly & to rest in that.

This morning I decided that I'd look it up today & figure out the rest of the verse to see what it was really about. Tonight I looked it up & the whole second half of the chapter really has to be read to get the full effect. Here it is, from Ephesians 3.

14For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.



Laura said...

Probably one of my all time favorite passages. Love how He placed it on your heart in your sleepiness. Can't you just picture an angel poking you to wake you up? Have a fantastic Thanksgiving.

Shanda said...

I'm so glad I read this tonight. I'm in the same boat with you financially, but mine has been as a result of some poor choices. I find myself thinking that God must be throwing His hands up with me...thinking "When will she ever learn?". I think sometimes that because I made these bad choices, I can't come to Him...that I've got to solve in myself. I did get myself into this mess, after all.

But I know that's a lie. The truth is I need to cling to Him even more. I know I am powerless apart from Him.

Anyhow, thank you for sharing these scripture, and please know that they spoke to me so much in my current situation as well. :)