After yesterday I had hoped that our bad luck had run out for the rest of the month. Then hubby comes home and states that budget cuts at work meant a pay cut for him, a fairly modest one that will add up to a noticeable difference each month.
I had already had to work a new budget for our increased health insurance costs. Now it will be an even tighter squeeze...so the rest of this month I will work with adjusting the budget to a workable one.
One thing that I learned from Jacob's life, from his illness, from his death is not to sweat the small stuff. Money is small stuff, even when it means that things will need to be cut from our budget. Because things are also small stuff.
Money, things, small obstacles and trials in life are opportunities to trust in God and watch His plan unfold in our life. These are all things that we can place in God's Hands and let Him deal with. Hebrews 13:5: Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
God always provides. We saw this greatly through the years when Jacob was sick. We see it when we feel lead to give more than we feel we can afford. We see it when we least expect it. Matthew 6:31-33: Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Most of all, as Romans 8:28 says: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. No matter what has happened we have seen the good behind it. This too shall work together for good.
In that I have trust.