I was reading a book about Brother Andrew, a missionary to countries beind the iron curtain. He smuggled hundreds of Bibles to people who had never had one before. Many years before he was a missionary, he was in college, and really short on money. He was practicing obedience to God by trusting Him for his expenses.
One time in particular, he needed to renew his visa, since he was studying in England. The cost of sending a letter was a schilling, and he had no money. Day after day, he waited for God to supply, but nothing came.
Then on the day he had to mail the letter, he saw a friend coming toward him. At last! But no. This friend was coming to ask for money, not to give it.
During their conversation, Andrew saw a schilling among some stones at his feet. Carefully, he picked up the schilling with the stones and put it in his pocket. Andrew debated with his conscience for several minutes, and finally gave the schilling to his friend.
One hour later, Andrew checked his mail and found a letter from his sister with thirty-two pounds—more than enough for all he needed!
God is an awesome provider! He tells us over and over in his word that he will provide, but how often do we trust him?
It says in Matthew 6: 25-32
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Last weekend, my youth group did 30 hour famine to raise money to build a well in Africa. 30 hour is an event that you raise money for, and then fast for 30 hours to feel a little of what it is like to live in poverty. At 30 hour famine, the parents were counting the money. When they counted it all, we were about $40 from our goal. The parents were disappointed, but prayed for the Lord to provide.
Soon after, one boy who was late came in with his money, bringing the total to just $6 over the goal!
Our God is an amazing God!