Earlier this week on a morning like many others I woke up and drank a cup of coffee while I read my Bible. After praying while reading God’s Word, I opened up my HeartCry Missionary Society magazine and read about the missionaries’ labors for the Lord. I love the work they are doing and the way in which the organization is led. After reading their stories and praying for some of them, I decided to give a monetary gift towards their support.
After making that decision I started to think about what I would do when all my saved money is gone, and I don’t have enough in the bank for my next bill that’s due. I’ve looked forward to that day many times, but now it was much closer, so I started to think and pray about it. I know that God has promised to provide all my needs through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). But what would I do when the rubber meets the road? Men like George Müller and Paul Washer have proved with their lives that God will provide for those who are doing his work and completely dependent on him alone for their needs. They have shown me that a life of prayer is the life that sees God provide in miraculous and supernatural ways that cannot be attributed to anyone or anything but Him! I would pray. That’s what I would do.
So I started to pray in preparation for the day when I don’t know exactly how my next bill or meal is going to get paid for, asking God to give me faith in his promises. I also asked for wisdom and God granted it (James 1:5), helping me see it would be wise to sell my truck to liquidate more cash. As a single guy becoming a missionary, having two vehicles doesn’t make a lot of sense. A reliable old Camry and a less-reliable really old truck were the two I owned. The Camry’s book value isn’t much although it’s a great car and shows no signs of quitting, while the 70 Chevy truck is worth almost three times as much since it’s a classic. The easy decision was to sell the truck since it was worth more and less reliable.
My truck had been an enjoyable project and useful work truck for the last three years. God had answered my prayers concerning it before. Like the time I was replacing all the brake components and couldn’t get the pedal to firm up. Months went by and I still couldn’t figure out the problem. I had bled it so many times and nothing was improving. On the very day that I decided to bite the bullet and call a mechanic to pay him to look at it, God answered my desperate prayer and helped me. He loves to come through when we rely on him as our only hope! I didn’t pay a dime to any mechanic, and I found out that a wrong size bleeder screw had been installed. Once replaced with the right one, the brakes were good to go! Praise GOD!
Although I had many good memories with my truck, my quick readiness to sell it showed me that I had no heart level attachment to it. My heart’s treasure is Jesus Christ. The truck will continue to rust and wear out, even if new paint is applied. It’s not worthy of my time and affection the way Christ is, so I let it go gladly pressing on towards the calling God has for me.
“He loves thee too little who loves anything together with thee which he loves not for thy sake.” —St. Augustine
With my mind made up to sell my truck I needed a buyer, so I got down on my knees and began to pray. No sooner had I gotten up and began making breakfast in the kitchen, when I looked out the window and saw a brand new red Jeep pull into the driveway. I didn’t the know the man from Adam. I went outside thinking maybe he was here early for a Craigslist deal I had scheduled for an hour later.
No. He was here because he wanted to buy my truck. Wait, how did he know you wanted to sell it?
He didn’t. But God had orchestrated this day before the foundation of the world. A test drive and two days later, the truck was his. Wow!
God is a loving Father to those who trust in Him and he cares about every detail of our lives. I hope my story strengthens your faith and causes you to put God to the test. He tells us to (Malachi 3:10). And remember, it’s not the greatness of our faith but the greatness of the God who we trust in (Matthew 17:20).