My last e-letter was about the tension of having God provide "just enough." That is hard for me!
God provided just enough manna for the Israelites to eat each day. He asks us to pray for God to provide "our daily bread." And it is ALWAYS just enough! Not more...not excess...but just enough.
I missions, I would like to accumulate enough to not think about raising support for Freedom Home for a the next five years. I would like to have an account big enough to just tap immediately every time a church needs a new roof or windows. I wish I had the money to buy the new youth campground we dream about.
But I don't.
Somehow we have to live with God's provision. He is faithful, and somehow He always supplies enough.
Planning DOES fit into the scheme. When God provides rescources, we do need to plan. We can budget, plan long-term, and work accordingly. But we DO need to remember God IS the provider. The tendency is to gradually move more into the human realm and start relying more on human workings. Budgets tend to supercede trust. Marketing efforts take more emphasis over prayer.
Missions--it is all about trust. And I tend to find that trust is easier said that done. But God keeps pushing me to trust EACH day.