There used to be a time I’d spend my lunch renewing check advances, a title loan, and juggling the remaining house bills. Afterwards, sitting in my car with no appetite because the harsh reality was, we were in over our heads and there really wasn’t much left to spare. See, we got married young and life happened fast. We bought our first house young and it was a rip off, so after ten years, we decided to give it back to the bank. Then we moved into an apartment whose rent was more than it’s worth. We were in over our heads.
Until one day, I’d had enough. I was tired of running from God and sick of being in struggle. If you’ve been following me, you know my testimony. (Read a little here.) No, I didn’t get a seven-figure job, I held the same one. Book royalties didn’t skyrocket. Truth is, I didn’t see a return on it until 2018. I didn’t hit the lottery. I came into an inheritance and God was the benefactor.
My willingness to be obedient and trust God. Understand when I write this … Obedience doesn’t take away suffering, pain, heartache, sickness and enemies but Bible says in Isaiah 1:19-20, “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
I’ve shared this again for somebody who woke up, fed up and tired because no matter what you do or how you pray, you cannot seem to make it stop. Well, what area of your life are you being disobedient in? Take a reflective look and be honest with yourself and then be willing to change. Look, I’m not saying every day since, for us, have been all great, they haven’t. There is stuff I still try to fix, but then I remind myself if God did it before, He’ll do it again.
Sure, it easy for me to say when your checking account is low, you’re between pay periods, family need to eat and you’re staring at a cut off notice. Yet, will you trust God with you, your family, your finances, and your faith? Bible tells us in Job 22:21-25, “Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you. Listen to his instructions and store them in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored—so clean up your life. If you give up your lust for money and throw your precious gold into the river, the Almighty himself will be your treasure. He will be your precious silver!”