Back when we were married for just a few years, my husband had to change jobs. It was a good move, but in the first month we were strapped for cash.
The bills came in and we were able to pay all of them but one. It was a daunting $100 (back then that was a lot of money to us)! We didn’t have it.
So we prayed and told God that we wanted to be good stewards of our money, but we just couldn’t pay that one. We went to church that week and told God that we couldn’t do it without Him. We made a plan to make up for it in the coming weeks, but the bill would be late.
It was hardest on my husband as he was never late with his bills. While we were discussing how we were going to pay this bill in the future, I kid you not, there was a knock on our door.
It was one of the deacons from our church. He handed us an envelope and said someone was told by God to give this to us anonymously. He said the person wanted nothing in return except that, when we could afford to, we would bless someone else who needed it! We were stunned!! I mean we never told anyone about our need! How did they know?
This was a good lesson on how faithful God is to His children. We prayed and thanked God for His provision for us in that time. We have also been able to do this a few times since and know the joy that person must have felt when they gave it to us. You can’t out-give God! We’ve learned that over the 35 years that we have been married.
The seasons that we go through in life are a testament to God’s faithfulness. We can be real and cry out to him and hold nothing back. He already knows our needs and what we feel anyway.
What does God need from us? Absolutely nothing!! He has everything He could ever need; after all, He created it! Including us!! So what can we give that means anything to Him?
We can give Him ourselves…that’s what He truly wants! Our heart, given to Him willingly, open, and truly waiting for God to fill it. Wanting God is the thing He wants from us, and we need Him too.
Let’s Pray: I like the prayer at the end of the chapter that Francis Chan writes so let’s pray that prayer:
“Jesus, I need to give myself up. I am not strong enough to love You and walk with You on my own. I can’t do it—I need You. I need You deeply and desperately. I believe You are worth it and that You are better than anything else I could have in this life or the next. I want you, and when I don’t, I want to want You. Be all in me. Take all of me. Have Your way with me. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
What holds you back today from giving your all to God? He wants you and you need Him. If you can, list those things; and let’s pray for one another to let go of them and live full on for God.
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