To say that we’ve found it challenging to live on primarily a single income; would be a serious understatement. Over the years, going from a two-income salary home, to one and a half, to now one, has us on a major learning curve.
We received this financial advice along the way, “In God We Trust; For Everything Else Pay Cash.” The advice reportedly came from a business university professor.
On hearing this it really struck a cord with me.
And how living life as a Christian is exactly like this.
We trust God in all things. But that doesn’t mean we sit and not do. That does not mean we do not do the hard stuff.
In this financial learning curve, we are finding that hard work needs to be done. Really hard work. Delayed gratification, diligence, denial, saying, ‘no’, to name a few.
We find in the book of Esther, her perfect example of living in such a way. Esther once an orphan, now a Queen trusted and did the difficult. When her people were to be annihilated by the order of her very own husband, the King, she interceded on their behalf, no matter the cost.
‘Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”’ Esther 4:15 & 16
What is your biggest hurdle, my friend? What most prevents you from living as God intended for you?
Let’s not be afraid to do the hard stuff. For soon we’ll realize that we are not alone as God always goes before us, just as He did Esther.
‘“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”’ Esther 4:14