Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?  Do you still not understand?  Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?  Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?”  Matthew 16:8-10, NIV

We need to remember the ways God has provided for us.  To remember stimulates faith and encourages our walk with the Lord.  We need kingdom faith for kingdom work.

Life seems more difficult as I age.  However, I gain stories as well.  Each story helps me with the next challenge.

One story in particular still amazes me.  Seven years ago we were overwhelmingly in debt.  One of the credit card companies kept reporting us as not paying each month, even though we were paying.  This made our credit history look terrible.  My wife became seriously ill.  We had lost our apartment the prior year and had moved into a basement apartment.  The owner needed to sell due to her age.  She asked us to move so she could fix her home for sale.  To move seemed daunting.  I felt desperate.  No options seemed workable.  We considered buying another house.  Then I got a brainstorm.  Let’s just buy this house so as to avert a move, but that didn’t seem possible.

However, God provided a way.  We received help clearing our credit history from a mortgage specialist I found eight years previously.  Then my parents helped us tremendously with the down payment.  Despite what seemed insurmountable obstacles, we bought a home!

God provided a way through many other struggles as well.  Remembering His provision encourages my faith.  I feel confident to keep moving towards His calling on my life.

We need to remember the stories God has given us.  If we don’t think we have any, let’s think again.  God has met us.  We need to remind ourselves.  Let’s think about our struggles.  How did God meet us?  We can ask God to remind us of stories we have forgotten.

Let’s press into God’s calling.  Where do we sense the Lord leading us?  It may seem impossible, but with God, all things are possible (Luke 18:27).  We need the faith to believe God will help us when we need it.  “Where God guides, He provides.”  As we face challenges, let’s remind ourselves of how God met us in the past.


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