There is a belief that I have always held on to when making big financial decisions, it’s really quite simple:
If it is God’s will, then God will provide.
I truly believe that if God is calling you into a new place, new ministry, or new direction in your life… and that step requires some sort of financial need… God will provide the funds for that need.
I’m not suggesting that it means you can sit around and do nothing, and your bank account will suddenly grow by the amount you need. However, I do not believe God will call you to action if it means you will acquire debt to do so.
It may be that God is preparing your heart, head and family for the transition or change, but you are not getting the finances because the timing is not NOW. When the time comes to take those steps, the details will be addressed.
Too often, we try to force these things because we feel the call… and then we assume that it must happen right now.
But when we rush God’s calling, we are shorting the blessing.
God put a calling on my heart quite some time ago, but I wasn’t sure how it was going to unfold. I knew God was calling me back to school, I needed to be equipped for something. I wasn’t sure what. Through a series of affirming events, I found myself enrolled in a certificate program. This worked for my family in so many ways. I could work at my own pace, they had a payment system that was within our budget, and the certificates were the equivalent of a seminary degree.
I didn’t know at the time what God wanted me to do with this education, but I did know that going back to school was part of the steps to get me there. As a mom, with young children at home, I had plenty of time to work my way through. I was not in a rush to get a job. So, I was just going to do what I could… as I could.
Then just a few classes in, the news broke that the school was in the process of accreditation! They were going to start a degree program. I was so excited. However, this was also going to be a bit more expensive. As I stated before, I wasn’t really in a hurry. So, I just kept plugging away at my classes. Each payday I make a payment into my student account, because we agreed that there would be no student loan or credit card debt. I believed if God was calling me, the money would be provided.
My first dose of reality hit when I had my transcript reviewed. There were some classes from my old college that they were not going to count toward this degree. I didn’t quite understand why, and I made a request to have the transcript looked over again. I provided a bit more information on the classes, explaining why I thought they fit the degree requirements.
After a few days, I got a wonderful email that they agreed! They credited me for the classes I questioned, and I was just thrilled. I sat down with my course schedule to see the impact that would make on my degree plan. Sure enough, I would be finished in ONE YEAR. Super exciting, but I wondered…. how are we going to get the rest of the money in this short of a time? When I didn’t have those classes credited… the end was far enough out, I wasn’t worried. This changed everything.
But, I still held true to the belief that if this was indeed God’s calling, then the money would come.
And it did.
Within just two weeks, I was given a job opportunity that would take a few weeks of my time….but would pay for my school balance in full. This was nothing I had done myself, but God doing exactly what He does best….
Being faithful to those He calls.
Equipping those He calls.
Providing for those He calls.