Welcome to the Be Fully Persuaded series! This week Shannon shares how God has provided for her in surprising ways. I pray that you will be encouraged to move forward in your faith walk as you read her testimony.
Thank you for meeting me here every week to rejoice in God’s faithfulness to keep His promises and in His creative provision for every area of our lives. I pray that we are all encouraged to stand strong in our faith and that God will make Romans 4:20-21 a reality for all of us as we focus on Him and His Word:
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)
God Provides by Shannon Works
All my life I have seen God work miraculously.
A great example of this is in 2011 when my car was being repossessed. I received a call on a Monday that they were coming to get it. I owed $1100.00 and begged them to give me the week to see what I could come up with. They had mercy and gave me until that Friday. I was seven months pregnant, and my husband walked out on me (for the first time), leaving me homeless and jobless a month before this happened. I was at my wits’ end, but on that Wednesday I received an unexpected check in the mail for $1105.00.
My mail had been forwarded to a different location, so the check had been circling within the postal service. This process takes around two weeks, if not longer. God already had the provision coming but held it up so that it would be right on time. Had I received it any sooner, I would have paid something else, and my car would have been repossessed.
That was wonderful, but the actual story I want to focus on is this: God spoke to me about the New Year and told me several things I needed to “fix,” including the issue of tithing. I was a tither, but only when it was convenient and I had a surplus of money, which wasn’t often. God told me to tithe even when it hurts. To tithe especially when it hurts.
Remember, God will never give vision without provision.
I received my paycheck this past week and was struggling over the fact that my bills exceeded my pay. But I kept thinking, Tithe, tithe. I must tithe. I figured up the amount I needed for the month of January and thought I would pay it all with my next check. My heart was sincere, and my intention was to pay it even though this action would hurt.
Then, on Sunday morning, I made my way to church. I work in the children’s department, so I don’t normally see people unless they are dropping their kids off, but an older lady made a special trip to the nursery that morning. With tears in her eyes, she said, “God told me to give this to you.” She handed me a hundred-dollar bill, turned around, and left. I was shocked.
I asked the Lord why He had given me the money. He said, “I will never give you vision without provision.” Right then, my mind went to my tithe. That $100 would cover most of it for the month. I had a choice at that moment to pocket the money or put it in the offering plate. God gave it to me, so I returned it right back to Him.
God wanted me to know that He will provide all my needs, even if it’s just for His tithe. He’s provided for me so many times before, and I still doubt Him, even though He always comes through. Why? Because in my humanness, I cannot fathom how such a great God cares for little ol’ me. It’s simply amazing.
Why do I say all this? Because I want to encourage you! He will never call you out to do something, no matter how big or small, and not equip you for that particular call. Trust Him, and remember that He will never give a vision without provision!
How have you seen God provide for things He has asked you to do?
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Shannon Works was born and raised in Texarkana, Texas. She has one son, Gabriel, who is her pride and joy. She is currently studying to achieve her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Sociology. She has written one book: Father Forgive: A Journey into Forgiveness. She plans to write many more as God gives. She dare not lift a pen to write unless the Lord moves her hand first. Please visit her on her blog.