Written by: Stephanie Petska
“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44
Have you ever prayed over money, over a check you’ve written to charity or your church, asking God to grant His blessings over your finances to help make ends meet? I have, and I still find myself asking God for His provision as I hand over my weekly offering in church.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” – Malachi 3:10
I have tested this scripture many times, struggling with tithing when bills are piling, our cupboards are bare, and I am left to question how the money in my wallet is supposed to last another week until payday.
Over the past two to three years, I have struggled greatly with my finances. I over-invested in a business venture, trying desperately to save it from falling apart. The financial failure and accrued debt were something I held close, making nobody aware of the predicament I had put myself and my family in.
I carried a great deal of guilt and shame; it was nobody’s fault but mine. I found myself on my knees, in front of my bible, tearfully pleading to God for answers and guidance.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
As humbling and burdensome as this was, I was able to witness God’s provision in ways that forever changed me, strengthening my belief that He is in every detail of my life, including my finances.
When we were at financial “rock bottom”, I was faced with many tough decisions. I had no idea how I was going to finagle a way to pay our mortgage.
Out of the blue, I received a random letter from the bank stating we had overpaid our mortgage, and in just a few months that money was going to be applied towards the principal. Wait, what? I can use this “overage” towards upcoming monthly mortgage payments? I never even knew we had overpaid each month. Dear God, I am once again in awe of your faithfulness, how you continue to show up, showering our family with your blessings.
Countless moments of provision expounded my trust in Him, knowing my God will equip me with what I need and when I need it. Money did not fall out of the sky, a lottery was not won, my business venture eventually failed, but God still provided our family with clothing, food on our table, and a roof over our heads. It was as if I have received a front row seat to God’s faithfulness, witnessing His monetary miracles over and over again.
“I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains. And I believe, I’ll see You do it again. You made a way, where there was no way. And I believe, I’ll see You do it again.” (Do It Again by Elevation Worship Band)
If God can provide the way He has in my life, He can for you too – maybe He already has. Have you seen Him move in unexpected places? Have you felt strength when you were at your weakest? Did you feel peace when fear could’ve crippled you? Have relationships strengthened at unexpected times? This too is God’s provision, extending His helping hand in all areas of our lives. He always knows best, doesn’t He?