9.06.2006

The Lord's Provision from the Hands of His People

I just wanted to take a few moments to give God praise for His daily provision and care for my family. So, let me begin by setting the senerio: First, our family moved to Anderson (which brought about a lot of extra expenses to pay such as amoving truck, apartment deposits, utility deposits, and various other fees. Second, Amy and I still had to pay some bills to the owner of the house where we used to live. Finally, at Rockwell Automation (where I work), my pay was reduced by $1/hr. (Granted, this reduction didn't occur because of any slackness on my part, but the reasoning for the deduction would take to long to explain right now.) So that means, that I lose about $80 from my paychecks each month.

Now, because of all of these happenings, we knew that we were going to be in a very tight financial strain. By tight, I mean that after getting paid on August 31st, we would not have any money left by September 1st.

During this time, a number of scripture passages kept coming to mind: James 1:2-4 challanged us to joyfully endure the testing our our faith, knowing that God is using the trial to cause us to be "perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." Philippians 4:11-13 confirmed that we must learn to be content in every circumstance, whether plenty or hunger, abundance or need, and to realize that we can "do all things through him who strengthens [us]." Psalm 104:27,28 reminded us that God is the great provider and creator who gives all of his creatures "...food in due season. when you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things."

And our encouragement came not only from the Word but also from His people. Over the last week, we have been blessed by so many people as we have seen them give sacrifically to us in our time of need. The Lord gave to us each day our daily bread. God is the great provider, and we have seen His provisions come from the hands of His people.

I can think of no better way to praise the Lord than to echo the word of Psalm 105:1-6:
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him;tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name;let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength;seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done,his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of Abraham, his servant,children of Jacob, his chosen ones!

2 comments:

Rita said...

This is so nice to read. Actually, it's like reading something from my own blog. Not really because I'm not Eric and I'm not married to Amy and I don't live in, neither have I recently moved to, Anderson.

But OTHERWISE, this is a very familiar tune I hear you singing. Something like, "Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of creation. O, my soul praise Him for He is thy Help and Salvation!" How many times has that refrain echoed through our home in the past few months? (Answer: LOTS!)

It's amazing how God uses the Body to take care of itself. He has blessed us repeatedly through our church family while Kyle was unemployed.

Hope you and Amy are doing well. Hope your work situation starts (financially) looking up soon. And if it doesn't, I know our Father will provide.

Eric said...

Thanks for your comments Rita. I am always glad to hear of the ways in which the Lord has been faithful to others, like He has to our family.