I read in Nehemiah a few days ago that You put a specific idea into his heart (Nehemiah 7:5). Wow, do I know what that's like, especially since this most recent idea has come my way. Not every thought that pops into my head is necessarily from You, but this definitely lines up with Your character and Your heart.
Our friend from Swaziland loves this idea of coming to America for a college education. It would be so beneficial to him, and we'd be thrilled to have him live with us and experience life with our family. I will gladly give up my office so he can have a room of his own. The other family members are all OK with this idea, and my 10 year old cried when I talked to her about it because, as You know, she's always wanted an African brother. But I have no clue how to pay for everything.
I've had a Bible verse written out and propped up on my desk since the start of the new year. It is staring me in the face right now, Jeremiah 32:27: "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" If I truly believe what I say I believe, then I have to answer that with a resounding no. NOTHING is too hard for You. Is it too hard for me? Yes. Jesus' words from John 15:5 say, "Apart from Me you can do nothing." And so I trust You for the outcome.
If we had endless amounts of money, I might be tempted to take credit that is not mine to take. It would be human nature to say, "Look what I did!" But I wait eagerly and excitedly for the day when I can say, "Look what my God did!" and gladly give You all the glory.
I love to read about George Muller, the man who helped thousands of children in orphanages in England. He so often thanked You in advance for what You were going to do and then waited to watch You do it. And miraculously everything he required for each and every need those children had was met - every item, and every amount of money right down to the exact penny. I want to trust You like that. So thank You in advance! You are a faithful Father, especially to the fatherless.
One of my favorite Old Testament accounts is when Elijah had a competition with the prophets of Baal to see whose god was the true God - whoever answered by fire upon their bull sacrifice. The prophets of Baal cried out all day to their gods, but nothing happened. When it was Elijah's turn, he said, "‘Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You are turning their hearts back again.' Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench (1 Kings 18:37-38)." Elijah trusted You to come through, and You did! And the people could see that You were the real God.
One of the hardest things for me to do is wait patiently as I trust You. When I confessed that a few days ago, I knew immediately that my faith would get tested. This is a much smaller scale than Elijah's competition, but I know this is my current test. Does it scare me to trust You this way so publicly? Absolutely. I know Your ways are not my ways and I have no idea how You will come through. But I believe You will and that because of it people will know without a doubt that You are the real God.
Lisa Jisa and her family have been residents of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2000. She can be reached at email@example.com.