Lately I´ve noticed that so many more people are seriously worried about the economy and very anxious about their future that I have decided that I needed to comment on it in this article.
Whenever anybody shares a concern, just as Jesus told stories to illustrate His point and reveal who God is, I respond by telling a story from my own life that shows how God has supernaturally intervened in a similar situation. As I´ve explained in a previous article, I named my ministry Psalm 40 Ministries because the essence of Psalm 40 states that "others will see what God has done for me, and put their trust in Him".
Therefore I would like to tell you about the day that I was getting ready to go to preach in a church in Louisiana. I was just about ready to leave when I noticed that my outfit needed some pizzazz. Even though my skirt had these gargantuan polka dots all over it, my top was basic black on black and I thought I looked a bit too plain. I tried changing my earrings to something quite a bit larger but felt that all these various earrings were screaming so loudly that people would not hear what I was saying. So instead I tried on some lovely and very up-to-date necklaces but quickly decided that they were just too ostentatious. I am just not that flamboyant. At least not in appearance. Although, my son Mike tells me that when it comes to my personality that I am so animated that I should be a cartoon character. But we´ll just leave that alone for right now. We don´t need to go there.
As I stood looking at my boring ensemble I thought, "I should get one of those ´black, plastic, rope-type things´ that hang around your neck and then I could hang something on it. Maybe like one of the rocks that I saw encased in silver, or something similar. Something that would add some color." I was thinking ´rocks´ as in ´granite´, not as in ´diamonds´.
Tucking that thought away at the back of my mind, I headed off to church praying that my message would not be as uninteresting as my appearance. I´m happy to report that I managed to hold everyone´s attention and didn´t catch anyone snoozing. After my message I then spent almost an hour praying for people down at the altar. Just as I finished praying for the last person, I noticed a very young man standing at the back of the church. Suddenly, I felt drawn to him like a magnet. As I made my way over to him, wanting to ask if he needed prayer, I thought, "Of course he doesn´t want prayer. He´s going to say ´No´. If he wanted prayer he would have come down to the alter." So I was actually shocked when he agreed to have me pray for him.
I laid my hand on his shoulder and prayed for what seemed like a couple of minutes. When I finished praying I opened my eyes to see him holding out a closed fist. He gazed at me with the most soul-searching eyes and said, "You are not going to believe this. I was in the rest room washing my face when I heard God say, ´Give this to the evangelist´." He then opened his fist and presented me with a most beautiful and very intricately crafted cross --- hanging from a ´black, plastic, rope-type thing´.
I started shaking like a leaf as tears involuntarily spurted from my eyes because of the sheer magnitude of what had just happened. Scripture after scripture raced through my mind... "Delight hyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart" (Psalm 37:4) ... "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33)
When God shows me that He cares about a mere ornament that hangs around my neck, then I know that He cares about the ´REAL NEEDS´ pertaining to my life. Whether financial, spiritual, physical or emotional. It does not matter what the economy is doing, or what´s happening on the stock market, or how high the gasoline prices rise. My future is not in the hands of the world´s system but my destiny is in the palm of God´s hand.
Jesus assured those that worry about what they will eat or drink or wear with this scripture from Matthew chapter 6, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things."
He is still the same God that fed the children of Israel with manna from heaven. He has not changed. He can feed you. Submitted 6/22/2006 12:52:56 AM | Post Comment