“Liz, will you give me $100 today?”
“Will you give me $100 today?”
That’s how it all started. I was new in my faith journey. A single parent of three small daughters, I didn’t have $100 to give to the Lord, even though I wanted to. I had bills that had to be paid and there was no margin in my budget at that particular time. I knew I had heard Him clearly, but I just didn’t have the money, so I let the offering plate go by without putting anything in it.
Still, I knew that question was lingering on the table, and it was tugging at my heart. I so badly wanted to say yes but didn’t know how I could. My checkbook was in the car, so I went out to the car between that service and the next as I continued to wrestle with God over His request. I explained to Him my financial situation, even though I knew that He already knew it.
He said, “I know, but will you trust Me?”
I was finally able to answer yes to that question, so I wrote out my check with joy and happily dropped it in the plate during the following service. I felt a strange sense of peace, even though I didn’t know how I was going to juggle my bills.
After the last service, I was talking with a friend in a casual conversation when he mentioned that he had seen an envelope with my name on it in the church office. I made my way to the office to see what it could possibly be, as I wasn’t expecting anything from anyone.
I opened the envelope and my jaw hit the floor. Within the envelope was a check, made payable to me, for $100.
“Thank you for trusting Me,” He said.
He had given back the $100 that He had asked me to give Him, and I was amazed. This was my first real experience in trusting Jesus to provide for all of my financial needs, and He definitely provided what I needed.
There have been other experiences of his lavish provision over the years, like the way that He provided money through a friend for me to attend an out-of-state church conference that I had signed up for in faith. Or the way He provided a dishwasher for me through another friend when mine broke down and I had no means to repair or replace it. Or the way that He provided for my children to go on a school trip to Washington, DC.
God makes many promises to us in His Word regarding providing for all of our needs:
13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul— 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. (Deuteronomy 11:13-15)
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” (Luke 12:27-31)
17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” (Acts 14:17)
God even promises that if we will trust Him financially, He will “throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:10) Wow! I want that kind of blessing!
What step is Jesus calling you to take today to trust Him with your finances? Is it to believe that He will provide for all of your needs when you see no way for them to be met? Is He calling you to tithe regularly? Is He calling you to be a blessing to someone else?
You can trust Him. He longs to bless you. He is faithful!