Where God Guides, He Provides
This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
God had impressed Susan with the financial needs of the worldwide mission field.
She had given occasionally in the past, but she suddenly saw the necessity of giving on a regular basis. The amount which she felt led to give was beyond her budget, but she gladly gave it anyway.
During a short missionary trip to Haiti the following January, Susan felt called of the Lord to become a nurse on the mission field. At first, all the necessary plans quickly fell into place. In preparation, she quit her job and enrolled full time in school. One night, less than two weeks before her first day of class, she discovered she needed $400 within three days to meet school expenses.
Considering the things she would have to give up to cover the expenses and make a necessary lifestyle change, she felt bewildered and angry. "Why would the Lord provide so richly up to a point, then allow me to fail before I actually start?" she wondered.
Weighted down with sadness, she didn't feel like praying. "But I knew I had to give this anger to God," she says. "I confessed my attitude, asking Him to change it. And I thanked Him for being the Lord who loves and remains in control, even when I can't feel it."
God did change Susan's attitude, and during work the next day a friend approached her desk and handed her a card. A Christian less than six months, the friend had written the words, "God spoke to me concerning you last night," and enclosed a check for $375."
"Not even twenty-four hours had passed since I'd discovered my financial need," Susan says. "And here was Christ's speedy answer. Now, two years later, I cannot recall a single situation in which He hasn't met my needs, material or otherwise. I've learned that I just cannot out-give God, whether it's in time, commitment, finances, or the stewardship of abilities. My unmerited reward is that I have a Father who delights in giving good gifts to His children."
Susan learned a wonderful lesson. Where God guides, He provides. And He honors and rewards our commitment of time and resources for His glory.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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