Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
As I write this devotion, it is day one of the government shutdown. By the time you read this, the government could be back up and
Maybe . . .
The last time this happened, the shutdown lasted for three weeks. All the while, my husband, Danny, who works for the Environmental Protection Agency, had no job. No income.
It's the same scenario all over again.
Did we see this coming? Did we prepare? Yes, as best we could. And, now, with the uncertainty of the length of unemployment, and the question of whether or not federal workers will be given back pay for these missed days, we walk by faith.
Danny and I discuss this month's budget and examine any areas in which we can cut expenses. With his being our sole source of income, it's especially important to lay all the cards on the table. To separate needs from wants. Not that either of us are ones to splurge on anything, but being mindful never hurts.
Lucky for us, Danny keeps a monthly budget on Excel and makes sure it balances to the penny. This makes it easier for us to see where corners can be cut and modifications made.
While October will see a tightening of our financial belts, the one thing we won't skimp on is what we give to our church. I'd rather eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day of the week than deny my God His due. After all, it is He who will see us through these tenuous times. Give us hope and comfort in the day of trouble.
So, we will pray.
We will hope.
We will be confident.
We will trust.
And, always, walk by faith with our God.
Are you facing financial uncertainties today?
Will you pray with me?
We pray today, Father, for all those persons adversely affected by the loss of a job. In the midst of their troubles, give them hope and confidence. Lead and guide them in Your will and Your ways, and give them the faith to trust that You are working all things for good. Amen.