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 Second reason it might seem that God does not keep his promise to provide:


Although it is true that God once chose a shepherd boy to become a king, that is not the usual outcome for shepherds even in America the land where anybody can be president!

Shepherds can generally expect to be shepherds; some might aspire to own their own sheep and become a landowner. Occasionally one might be an airplane pilot or college president, who knows!  However, although people are created equal, there are ways in which they are not equal – brains, brawn, agility, curiosity, influence, opportunity, among others.  Every job has requirements.  If you don’t fit, do something else.  (This paragraph got way too long so I’m stopping here.  Will take it up in another blog someday.)

One must not be cubby-holed into a misfit position. Ps. 128:1, 2 promises happiness and satisfaction in one’s job: “Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”

Even before the earth was cursed, God gave Adam a job to do. Worthwhile work is a blessing! The following scriptures are security for those who wish to have satisfactory jobs that provide a sufficient income to “have lack of nothing.” First is 1 Thes. 4:11, 12 “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you: That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.”  Paul doesn’t indicate that it is necessarily easy,  I paraphrase the verse like this: “Sit down, get to work, and mind your own business.”  😀

And next, consider Is. 3:10 “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.” Every person should consider his own interests, abilities, goals, and ambition in seeking the Lord’s plan for his life, with the assurance that the Lord’s plan for him is success as described in Ps. 37:23-26.

Have reasonable expectations, buy what you can afford; do not (in faith) buy what you can’t afford whether using credit card or cash!  God does not deal in the red.

One reason some might doubt that God is a provider, is that he does not always answer in the way we wish, or perhaps not as quickly as we want. One might pray for a wedding ring having in mind the beauty that costs $3600; God’s provision might be for the one that costs $36.00. Remember, the ring was provided! And be thankful!  God is Jehovah-Jireh!

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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4 Responses to BUDGET #2

  1. Faye says:

    A thoughtful and challenging blog. I believe that if God is really the focal point of all things in someone’s life or that a Calling is of God the provisions will definitely be provided. We have been told to ask and it must be from our heart that we are ‘connected’ for a need and not a selfish ‘want’. I know I have seen miraculous provisions in my own life and in the lives of others, but this is always in the Will of God and to bring Him the Glory. Thank you for your blog.

    • oneta hayes says:

      If God gives to us an abundance above our needs, I believe it is for the purpose of passing it on as he directs not extra to start piling in our wants. I do, however, believe that some people can and do have what I would consider luxuries in order to work with and influence people who can be reached by the “rich” or people they are meant to minister to. For instance, I was once involved somewhat with the Christian Men’s Ministry group. Most people there had money. I think it took “people with money” to reach that social strata. (I didn’t have money, but I went as a guest of friends who did.)

  2. dawnlizjones says:

    “God does not deal in the red.” Debt is CRUSHING our culture. We are a culture of debt, feeling we are endowed with “unalienable rights” which are not rights at all.

    • oneta hayes says:

      So true. Young married so often feel like they want to start where their parents are after thirty years of labor. And that is after using all the ready cash (or more) on a wedding and honeymoon. Much to east to give up the marriage when debt is overwhelming

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