“I’m struggling financially,” I began to write. I was seeking prayer, and I was hoping for some kind of financial help. But I could not even finish my e-mail before God had something big to say. My dear Lord. My dear editor. He obviously did not want me sending the e-mail in its current state. Nor did He want me continuing to believe I understood my struggle. Quite frankly, according to the Lord to whom I would be wise to defer, this is not my struggle.
I turned to my notebook. I had to write what the Lord told me. His conviction was a whole lot more important than the e-mail I had intended to write and send.
“You’re not struggling with your finances,” the Lord told me. “You are struggling with your faith.” I am not sure of the exact words, but the point is obvious.
Oh my! I thought I was struggling financially. But not so. My struggle lies with trusting God. I wish I could say this was something new and different. But of course it is not. And I can only imagine I am not alone.
So long as I continue to believe my struggle is in the physical world around me, I will continue to seek a physical solution and fall flat on my face. But when I remember that my struggle is in the spiritual realm and I seek the Lord for His answer and choose to obey Him, I am set free.
So suffice it to say running around the world convinced I am struggling financially will only keep me from the victory I seek. And, in my case with this current struggle, the answer will not be to race around the world looking for ways to make money. Instead, I need to sit at the feet of Jesus, study and apply God’s Word, and grow in faith.
Rom 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”