God’s timing is funny.
I meet weekly with 3 other ladies to talk about our relationships with Christ. We discuss the assigned Bible reading, recite the memory verse to each other, share our struggles, and confess our sins. The week of Thanksgiving Offering, we read about Joshua and the Israelites crossing the Jordan River into the promised land. As they crossed, each tribe was to pick-up a large stone. Joshua explained to the people:
We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, “What do these stones mean?” Then you can tell them, “They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.” These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever. – Joshua 4:6-7
Shannon mentioned this story during our Thanksgiving Offering services and then we dropped our rocks into our own memorial.
God was the one who months ago gave me the idea of rocks and creating a visual reminder of how far God has brought us. He also knew in advance what I would be reading as we were teaching the exact same passage from stage
How cool is God’s timing?
It gets better.
This morning, the assigned scripture (ok… I’m actually a day behind) was about Gideon and how God promised to save Israel from the Midianites. The Israelite army prepared for war and began to march towards the enemy camp. On the way, God told Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength” (Judges 7:2).
Immediately, I thought about the Thanksgiving Offering and the goal we didn’t reach. Probably like you, I’m disappointed. Even though the amount given is large (like huge) and I personally know people who were generous beyond their means, it’s hard not to focus on the missing amount.
What could we have done differently? Did we ask too much? Did we not present the need well enough? Did our family at large simply not respond?
The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites.” Judges 7:7
How quickly we forget!
We literally just built these altars, declaring God has brought us this far, only to fill our hearts and minds with doubt, worry, and fear. (I have a new understanding of the wishy-washy faith of the Israelites in the Old Testament.) I’ve been saying God will be faithful and we can trust God to come through, but what I really meant was “We will figure it out.”
No. God has brought us this far! It was not by our strength we reached our goal last year, but by God’s glorious grace in us. God made this building happen, not our works or wallets. God continues to change marriages, families, and hearts. He alone saves!
The next year may be a tight one financially for us as a church, but how much more glory will God receive because of it! He is God in times of plenty and in times of want. He is faithful and in Him alone can we boast!