by John P. Toomey
Ever heard the expression “When it rains, it pours”? My family has been experience that expression recently with a series of events and financial setbacks of late. I would often look at Maria and say “the hits just keep on coming” and it honestly felt like it would never stop. In December alone, we had $800 worth of unexpected financial setback. Being at Christmas, we felt like we were drowning in bills.
It wasn’t long before I felt the Lord remind me of a passage in Job that says “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord”. We made a decision to be faithful to God and to God’s house regardless of our circumstances. We made a decision to trust God regardless of the circumstances. We made a decision to not get angry or bitter. The key words being “we made a decision”, I never said that it felt good or that we had any warm fuzzy feelings about it. We walked in faith, stayed faithful, and went before God faithfully asking for help.
It wasn’t very long before my boss started asking me to work overtime, which I gladly took. The overtime while not consisant every week certainly helped. God decided to answer my prayer in the form of giving me more work. One day after work, my boss pulled me into his office. He told me that I was getting a $1.50 per hour raise and it would be effective immediately. God rewarded my faithfulness. God rewarded our decisions to do the right thing. His answer did not come as a check in the mail or someone giving us free money. It is just as much as an answer to prayer as hitting the lottery.
How you respond during adversity will determine to a large extent how long you stay there. I would not recommend becoming a legal resident of victim hood.Rather make a choice to be an over comer! Step out in faith and watch God meet you...Click To Tweet No matter what you are going through. No matter where you find yourself today. No matter what you have done or what has been done to you. NOTHING can separate you from the love of God. The Lord is compassionate towards you even when people are not. God has mercy on us even when people do not.
“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:21-23 (KJV)
Written by John P. Toomey, Licensed Minister at Project Hope Again
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