I have been waiting for God to miraculously pay off my debt. He hasn’t done it yet. And that’s a big yet, because I look on this the same way that I view the return of Christ: just because it hasn’t happened YET doesn’t mean that it won’t. It will. Christ will return. My debt will be paid off. The only question is when.
As far as my financial situation goes, I now have something in common with the federal government: I have a debt AND a deficit. We had caught up on our bills in February (due to selling my car), but we are now in exactly the same spot (due to me being very sick in March). We need God to provide.
When people ask God to provide, we expect Him to answer our specific prayers, exactly the way we want. But, as I heard a preacher say recently, “If we had all the information that God has, we would realize that what He is doing is the best thing.” I don’t have that information though, so that’s where faith comes in. Does God love me? Yes He does. Does God lie? No He doesn’t. He said in Romans 8:28 that he is working all things for the good of those who love him. Do I believe this? Yes. I am currently praying that God will provide the money we need to get through until payday.
Tonight was hard. Kim informed me that our son is going on a field trip Tuesday, and that he needs to hand in $9.50 today (Monday) in order to go. We had to write a note to his teachers asking them to allow him to go, even though we won’t be able to pay the money until Friday. That’s humbling. We currently don’t have enough money for gas for the rest of the week. We have no credit cards, we have no fall back. We have a few things we can return to the store for gas money, but that’s about it. We are simply waiting to see what God does.
We haven’t really told anybody about our financial difficulties other than God. Yes, I’m putting this information on my blog, but I’m pretty sure that there are about five people who read it, and none of them have extra money to send, so this isn’t a request for money. This is me putting my thoughts out there, so that WHEN God intervenes, I can look back and say, “Thank you, God, that even in the tough times, we didn’t starve. We didn’t go naked or homeless. We survived, even if our credit scores didn’t.
With the recent earthquakes in Japan (they’ve had FOUR major earthquakes in March and April), the tornadoes ripping through the south, the multiple wars and unrest in the world, and all the other stuff that’s going on, I wonder if Christ is returning very soon (see Matthew 24).
I believe the return of Christ is imminent. Does that mean I think He’s coming next week? No, that means I think that He could come at any moment. Even before I finish typing this sentence. Ok, so He didn’t come then, but He IS returning, and it seems that the signs are pointing to soon.
There are certain people (I’m looking at you, Harold Camping) who keep predicting when Christ will return. They keep getting it wrong. There’s a group of people who say Christ is returning on May 21st. If you’re counting, that’s 19 days away.
One of these people emailed me a few months ago warning me of the 05/21/11 return of Christ. I emailed him back, explaining what I believe the Bible says (no man knows the hour of Christ’s return). I closed by saying this:
” Does this mean Christ will NOT return on May 21st? I believe He could return today, or He could wait another thousand years. The Bible is not specific. I will pray for you that, as May 22nd rolls around (if Christ does not return between now and then), that you will not lose your faith in GOD, but that you will lose your faith in Harold Camping and the false doctrines of Family Radio. “
Getting back to work, I have picked up enough overtime so that I will be working 63 hours a week this month. I even picked up OT on my birthday. I’m making this sacrifice so that we can get rid of our deficit, and hopefully start working on our debt. I hope my Lord returns soon. That would definitely solve my debt problem.
Even so Lord Jesus, come quickly.