I am about to teach you something, and if you catch it, you will never miss God’s blessing or provision again.
There will come a time when you will need money. Could be an emergency, could be a broken refrigerator, or perhaps you simply would like to bless someone, maybe you’d like more money to get out of debt faster. In any case, you’re going to need some money.
So what do you do? You go to the Source of all money, God. (His nickname on the streets is Jehovah Jireh which means “My God will provide,” so you know you’ve come to the right guy) And you let Him know the situation, you let Him know what you need, (even though He already knows) and then you wait. You wait and see how God will provide what you’ve asked. (John 14:13-14)
Now the scene I’ve just described to you is common, it’s something we’ve all done and have done often. That’s okay, there is nothing wrong with that, like a Father here on earth, God enjoys supplying us with stuff, He loves to hook us up and watch us prosper. (Psalm 37:4)
But here is where today’s lesson comes in: Once we ask God for the provision, we try to envision HOW God is going to bless us and provide for the request we gave Him. (As though, He needs our help!) We sit back and look for a fat check in the mail. We look for Aunt Nay-Nay to come to our birthday party and give us a stack of hundreds, or a distant relative we’ve never heard of to die and give us a big ol’ inheritance…But that’s not how this works, and if that’s what you’re expecting, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
Allow me to open your eyes: We ask God for money, He gives us strategy.
Let me show you: A few years back when I was preparing to get married, I still owed about $5,000 on my car and about $800 on a credit card. (Just the thought of having a credit card balance again churns my stomach) The car payment was $381 a month, and the credit card was around $80 a month. Not a huge amount in today’s standard, but I wanted it gone, I can do a lot of good with an extra $461 a month.
So I asked God to help me get out of this debt. I asked Him for the wisdom, strategy, and opportunities to increase, so we could get this debt knocked out. And I want you to see what He did:
He gave me a strategy.
My soon-to-be wife Rachel and I were house shopping. We had a certain area of town we desired to live in and were believing God that we could buy a house there. (Watch this video HERE for another great story on that!) At the time, the government was giving a “Home buyer’s credit” for anyone who was buying a home for the first time. They wanted to boost the Real Estate economy in our area and were giving first time buyers a nice incentive. I already owned a home, so I didn’t think anything of it, but God gave me an idea: “Put the home in Rachel’s name.”
Put the home in Rachel’s name? That’s not going to work, she is a school teacher and she doesn’t make enough to get a house in the area we would like. On her salary alone, we only qualified for a loan of $145,000. To get a house in the neighborhood we want we will have to combine incomes. It didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense, but we were believing God to live in this area, so we kept on looking, confident that God would make it happen and that He we would find the perfect home for us.
One day I was cruising our target neighborhood and saw a “For Sale by Owner” sign that hadn’t been there before. I called him up and he was needing to leave town for an out of state job and wanted just $139,900 for the house! This was FAR below the lowest priced home in the neighborhood, literally a “God-kind of deal” a deal that only the Lord could bring about. The neighbors joke that they were kind of mad at us because we bought the house so low, and they paid so much more for their houses! (They probably weren’t really joking) Needless to say, we snatched it up.
But remember, God gave me an idea, “Put the home in Rachel’s name.”
See, Rachel was a first time home buyer. And since we got the house at such a low price, she qualified to buy the home in her name. What did this do? It put the first time home buyer’s incentive of $8,000 in our pockets. We wrote a fat tithe check, and then quickly paid off my car and the credit card, freeing up $461 a month, AND putting some extra in our account. Sweet deal.
I like that God works this way. He does give us what we ask for, He does give us the desires of our hearts. But God is a strategist. His increase, His provision, His resource usually comes in the form of a strategy.
Need extra money? Want to increase financially? Then don’t ignore the opportunity your boss gave you to work on Saturdays. Maybe your neighbor asked you to clean her gutters, or maybe God gave you an idea for a business or a website. Do that garage sale this weekend you’ve been thinking about doing. (You might make more money than you think!)
Need healing? Been fighting headaches? Maybe it’s not a miracle you should be looking for. Maybe you should’ve listened when the doctor told you to drink more water. Or maybe you’ve ignored that nagging feeling inside every time you eat pork, or drink soda.
Here is your takeaway: Ask God for what you need and what you desire, but don’t try to figure out HOW God is going to get provision to you. Look for your answer in ideas, strategies, vision, and the opportunity for over-time at work.
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