Monday, November 11, 2013

I Don't Ask for Money

Deuteronomy 8:18 (NKJV)  And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Several years ago, I was a traveling sales representative. The product I sold was expensive and one sale often meant thousands of dollars to me. Needless to say, my monthly income could be feast or famine.

During one period of famine, I was having problems with my vehicle. It was an intermittent problem that caused it to stall from time to time. I really needed a sale so I could not only feed my family and pay bills, but I needed to get my vehicle fixed.

The opportunity for a sale finally arrived. I had a potential buyer about three hours drive from home. I made the appointment and headed out; I would show them the equipment after business hours.

However, my vehicle decided to give me more grief than I could deal with.  I drove about an hour out of town and it became too unreasonable to keep going. I had to turn my vehicle around and limp it back home. As I drove it kept stalling, I would pull over and wait a moment, start it up again and continue on.

As I went along, I wondered how I was going to get out of this predicament. I had a qualified buyer but no way to work out a deal.

Pondering the thought that God is my provider, the Scripture at the top kept coming to mind. The van decided to stall once more when suddenly, from deep in my heart came the words, "God gives me the power to get wealth to establish His covenant". I shouted this out and the van started up and ran like new.

I ended up getting the deal that night and my van ran flawlessly the whole way to the customers and back home. It quit running once I parked in my driveway.

The Bible says in Isaiah 48:17, "Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.""

We need to realize God is our provider. He teaches how to make money and leads us through financial challenges. We do not have to ask---He is at the ready.

I rely on God to give me the ability to do my job efficiently. I give Him all the glory when I do well because I know it is because of Him. When I have unusual financial difficulties come up, I do not concern myself with the result but rather, what God wants me to do.

Sometimes God allows things to happen that I may not understand, but the end result is not important because God meets all my needs no matter what. He always finds a way because I have placed my confidence in Him.

I no longer worry about money; instead I focus on fellowshipping with God. He is my teacher, my guide, and the provider of all my income. I do not ask for money---I expect it!

Be blessed.

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