Above All, Don’t Worry

Q. My husband just lost his( very good) job and now we worry about our finances. I pray for more faith to believe God knows my needs and will provide and I do believe the rapture is very soon in coming.. If my husband doesn’t find work to provide for us soon is this Satans will or Gods? In other words, who is in control of the earth right now, God or Satan?

A. 1 John 5:19 says, “We know that we are children of God and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” To me that doesn’t mean Satan is the direct cause of every event of our lives, or that God is powerless to act. Some things are predictable consequences of our own actions or the actions of someone else, while others are coincidental. And miracles never cease. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).

In the case of your husband’s loss of income, what matters most is how you respond. You can choose to look for someone or something to blame, or you can choose to trust in God’s promises. In Matt. 6: 25-34 His admonition is, “Do not worry”. For those who seek His Kingdom and His righteousness He promises to meet all our needs.

To me this means we make sure our priorities are in proper order. First and foremost are His Kingdom and His righteousness. If you and your husband are born again then His righteousness has been imputed to you by faith (Romans 3:21-24) and you are destined for his Kingdom. Next comes looking for job opportunities, because this is the way He normally provides.

The thing that makes job hunting so difficult is the knowledge that we need the income a job provides, but are fearful of not finding one, and in difficult economic times the problem is compounded. This creates stress and can cause us to become discouraged. Believers can rest in the Lord’s promise that He knows what we need and will provide. Therefore while the actions are ours to take, the results are His to accomplish. And He didn’t say that He might provide, or that He’ll provide for some but not for others. He said if we seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, He will meet our needs, so we’re not to worry about tomorrow. (Matt. 6:33-34).

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