Faith

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.

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About Steve Picray

I have been many things, but right now I am a registered nurse attempting to pay off my debt so that, God willing, I can be a pastor again someday. I have a wife and three kids. I am a conservative Christian (of the Baptist variety). This blog is about me: the things that happen to me, the things that interest me, and the things that bother me. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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4 Responses to Faith

  1. Cyndi says:

    I feel selfish when I pray for Jesus to come quickly because I know of SO many people who are not saved yet. I want to go home, but I feel guilty for wanting to go home when I know that some of the people that I know are not saved won’t be going with me. I feel torn. I long to be home with my Savior, and yet I would feel so bad to leave anyone behind knowing that they are missing out on something so special as forever with Him! No way would I give it up! But it sure would be nice to get more people to come too!

    • Cyndi – Look at it this way – if they come, there will be plenty of chocolate ice cream for everyone. If they don’t then there will be just that much more for us! (You bringing the cake? Gotta be cake…)

      Making light of a serious thing? Sure. I’m made in the image of God – so he must have a warped sense of humor – by human standards.

      Steve… been there – done that. Enjoy the ride, every minute of it, no matter how bumpy it gets. Let your alimentary system show you the way!

      (Oh – and re the Mayan End of the World thing – the guy who re-ordered the Zodiac based on errors in our perceptions of astronomy says that we messed up the translation of the Mayan calendar thing too – The Dec 2012 thing could be as much as 50 to 100 years off. I don’t think I want to wait that long. I want mine NOW! ;-D And the planets and the sun and the black hole in the middle of the galaxy aren’t lining up the way that Mayan person said they would. So remember – if you are going to predict the end of the world, make sure you make it so it’s to happen in a few hundred or thousand years. That way you don’t have to give back the donations!)

      And finally – if you click on my name above, I predict that you will be magically transported to my NEW BLOG! which I further predict will be just as boring as the old one. I seem to have FOUR “devoted followers” so far…

    • Steve Picray says:

      I don’t feel selfish because I know that God has already determined the exact time that Christ will return. Me praying isn’t going to make it happen any faster. Think of it this way: God knew before He created the world that Jesus would be the son of a woman named Mary, born in Bethlehem, etc on such and such a year. People praying for the coming of the messiah didn’t change that timeline at all.

      I think your feelings can be summed up by Paul in Philippians 1:21-24
      For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.

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