When my husband was laid off from his full time job at a local bank, I immediately thought back to the two times this has happened before in our twenty-five year marriage. We immediately launched into crisis mode, but not from a standpoint of fear. Instead, we prayed together, thanking God for his faithfulness during past times of job loss and financial challenge, had a family meeting to inform our children of the change and assure them of God's provision, then began informing our friends and family so they could begin praying us through this season of unemployment. We did not crumble in fear because we know that "perfect love drives out fear" (1 John 4:18). God has not given us a spirit of fear but rather a spirit of love, of power, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
How can we cheerfully face the uncertainty resulting from this unexpected change with a pile of bills, four mouths to feed, vet and medical expenses, and other financial obligations screaming for our attention? Because of our relationship with God and the promises of his Word. We know that:
- Our God shall supply all our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
- God works all things together for the good of those who love him and all called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)
- The righteous are never forsaken nor do their children beg bread (which is good because we love to eat!) (Psalm 37:25)
- The LORD has a plan for us, a plan to prosper and not harm us, to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)
- God will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5)
We covet and thank you for your prayers as we journey through this season of seeking God's will. Even as we thank our God, we look forward to sharing our testimony of his grace, provision, and favor!
Dee Dee and Steve Wike