In the cool summer mountains of southwest Virginia, a medical missionary said to me, “Many people here are living on their credit cards and believe that God will one day show up and rescue them.”

There is no doubt in my mind that God works in the middle of our difficult circumstances. However, I have learned a few things about how God works when He does “show up.”

First, we have to be looking for Him. God promises to reveal Himself and intervene in our circumstances when we are seeking Him. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 If you are not diligently seeking God, then your expectations will probably leave you disappointed. Mounting credit card debt while waiting on God would be a reliable indication of this deficiency.

Second, our commitment to God must ring true. We cannot bring to God what we think pleases Him and expect multiplied blessings from His hand. God does not owe us for anything we do. Matthew Henry said it well, “Many boast of their obedience to the command of God; but what mean then their indulgence of the flesh, their love of the world, their passion and uncharitableness, and their neglect of holy duties, which witness against them?” 1 Samuel 15:18-23

What do you want God to do in your life in 2017? Are you looking to Him for it? Are you committed to Him above all else?


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    R. Joseph Ritter, Jr. CFP® is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) and founder of Zacchaeus Financial Counseling, Inc., a non-profit organization providing financial planning services to low-income households and households experiencing financial strain.

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