“But my God shall supply all your need according to
His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)
It was my first year in full-time ministry…
During my first year as a full-time evangelist, I was scheduled at a church in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And, just to be honest, the pastor and I didn’t click. (That happens sometimes!) On the last day, I was tearing my equipment down when the pastor gave me an envelope. I knew what it was—it was my pay and it’s not appropriate just to rip open and look at in front of the pastor.
Later, when I opened the envelope, I found it was a check for $90. Please understand, it’s not about money, but it took more than $90 to drive up to that church and it would take more than that to get me home. For the first time in that first year of itinerant ministry, the words of the ‘encouragers’ rang in my memory: “You’re going to starve to death.”
I was frustrated. I really was! So, I decided to get out of there. I left for home that night and when I was getting into the city limits, my car started to act up.
At home, I looked at my finances to see what I had to spare . . . and, all I had was $100. I knew what needed to be done. I took it to the dealership. Instead of sleeping in the waiting area, I decided to walk to a shopping mall while they looked at my vehicle. Finally, the call came that they were finished.
On my walk back, I saw something shimmer in the sunlight. It was a quarter on the sidewalk. I’m cheap, so I reached down, picked it up and put it in my pocket. When I walked a little bit further, I saw a penny laying there. I’m really cheap, so I reached down and picked it up too. By the time I made it to the dealership, I had found one quarter and four pennies. At the cashier’s counter, the gentleman looked at me and said, “Mr. Huddleston, the charge for the servicing of your Toyota today is $100.29.”
God has been faithful…
When I think about the life I’m living and look back on what He has done, I realize that the past is a promise for tomorrow. When I see how He’s worked in my life there’s no reason to doubt the same God who was faithful yesterday will be faithful today and bring me through my present circumstance. That’s my God!
By the way . . .
You can trust Him too. That’s your God!
And, He’s always faithful.