Friday, February 1, 2008

When Facing a Financial Famine

When Facing a Financial Famine

When facing a financial famine
God has some wise counsel that you should examine
Trust in Him to supply all of your need
By faith, He will sustain you if you will follow His lead

I, myself, have survived a financial famine or two
God always made a way; He led me right on through
I had to learn to walk by faith in the face of my dire plight
Depending upon Him fortified me; my burdens got light

The load was not as heavy; my perspective was changed
By seeing things His way, my priorities were rearranged
He directed the use of the finances He entrusted to my care
As I needed more, I trusted Him for the how, when, and where

I did without things I thought I could not live devoid of
For, life’s must-have possession is Jesus and His wonderful love
I learned a more meaningful definition of what is true success
Success is also in having little and making of it what is best

I learned that I could start over even from just about nil
I learned to swallow my pride and humbly seek His will
I grew to disregard mockers-their looks and things said
I put one foot in front of the other and marched straight ahead

I stopped stressing by confessing, in faith, what the Word fed
Joy and peace grew within and I slept well when I went to bed
In my financial poverty, I acquired great spiritual wealth
For in my fall, I came to pursue and know the Lord in greater depth

Through your financial famine, I encourage you to pray
Unity with His will braces you against the pull to go astray
In your financial crisis, let His peace bind your stress
Believe He is God Almighty and to Him all things acquiesce

Bear in mind, you are not alone; most have suffered at times
Fiscal setbacks do not mean you are guilty of moral crimes
However, own up to it, if your condition is due to your sin
Admit your fault, forsake it, God will clear and cleanse you within

Do not be too proud to seek out supportive specialized assistance
We make things worse because of our prideful reluctant resistance
If creditors are unyielding to aid, strive to keep your composure
Consider two angry parties can hardly act as one to bring real closure

Keep in mind that in every start there will spring forth a finish
Your need may be severe, but, know that God can more than replenish
Many saints have suffered penury and found tough times do not last
In His truth, God pours out timely blessings, so you just holdfast

God may not deliver you through a quick fix or a sudden cure
You may travel the long road to recovery; by Him, you will endure
Believe that God is working to bring about His higher good
You will see His grace and mercy, just as He said you would

If you have more than enough, to meet your particular needs
Be your brother’s keeper; let your life be full of merciful deeds
Never forget the eternal riches that await us on the other shore
The mess we face now ought to make us long to go there, more

Let me remind you that down here, even for the wealthy, trouble abounds
We should base our lives on material that matters, things forever sound
I desire to sway you to trust Jesus as you triumph over economic strife
He can do more than fix your money; He can endow your soul eternal life

Will you set your eyes upon wealth, when
[suddenly] it is gone? For riches certainly make
themselves wings, like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.
Proverbs 23:5 (Amplified Bible)

But the Lord watches over those who fear Him, those who rely on His
unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive
in times of famine. We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and
our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.
Psalm 33:18-22 (New Living Translation)

I Owe Jesus

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful sermon.. very well put!