God’s Amazing Provision

God Will Provide

Over the 3 1/2 years I have worked in the public school system. Prior to that I had worked with an oilfield company for several years, until I was laid off from the job. I then felt led to go into the public schools to become a teacher. I started out as a substitute teacher and end the last year as a theatre teacher.

This school year has been very rough and was not working out as I expected. I felt as though I was being forced out of the position, due to various events happening in the workplace. At first it was difficult to accept, but then I felt God lead me to stepping out of the public schools.

As of the end of January I had resigned from the position. When I resigned, I did not have a clue as to what I would do next. The only thing I knew for sure was that God would provide the right job, at the right pay, at the right time and that He would provide for all of my needs through it all. I had to trust God for my provision not my job.

Stepping Out In Faith

My last day working as a public school teacher was on Jan 31. At that point I did not have any job lined up. I did have a couple of job offers, one of which both I and the employer decided it would not be a good match.

On Feb 1st, I had chose to look into the other offer, but when I was driving to the business to go fill out an application, I felt God’s Spirit tell me not to go. It did not make any sense to me, since I was in need of a job, but I knew what God was telling me. As I turned away from that job, I felt God’s peace.

God's Peace

God is leading me to take on a few part-time, flexible jobs, rather than one full time job. I want to work in jobs that directly help people in various ways and will allow me to be a witness to many people. I also want to work a job or jobs that will allow me time to be with my family and raise my children in a Godly way.

Later that same day I received a call from a friend asking if I may be interested in substitute teaching for a teacher in a private Christian school on Friday. I was excited at that potential. My wife and I felt that somehow I need to get into a private Christian school, so I may guide children in learning while growing in Christ Jesus. I told the person I would take it for Friday.

The amazing thing was that the position was as a theatre teacher in an elementary private school. The other amazing thing was that what the previous teacher was teaching the students was exactly the same thing I was teaching in the public school during the months of January and February. I was ready for it. The only difference was that this was in a Christian school, so bringing up the Bible and Bible stories is encouraged and wanted.

At the end of that class day, which ends at noon, the director of the school came to me. She wanted to know if I would be interested in the position for the rest of the semester. They only meet a few more times for this semester, and when they do, it is only one day a week. I knew this was God’s open door for me and I accepted it.

Now I know that this job is not enough in itself to pay my bills for even one month, with all that I will work this semester, but it is where God wants me. It gives me a chance to encourage young children to believe in God and use their talents in theatre for God. It is also the beginning of God providing for all the needs of my family.

Psalm 37_23_24

One thing that I am learning is that if I am finding my delight in Jesus and desire to follow Him, He will guide my steps. He will help me along the way, even over the rough paths that occur in life.

Philippian 4_19

God can and will supply every need that I and my family may ever have. I may not know how He will supply, but it will be in His way and in His time. I have to remember that He owns it all.

Psalm 50_10-12

I have to remember that He owns it all. He created this world and everything in it. Everything belongs to Him and He can do with it what He wants, when He wants and how He wants.

James 1_17

God only gives good and perfect gifts. I just need to trust Him.

As I am working on trusting Him with my job situation and provision for my family, I want to encourage you to step out and trust Him also. As you can see by my small testimony, God is providing in miraculous ways. Read through the Bible and see the many times, in many different ways God provided for people. It was not just for priests or kings, but everyday people like you and me.

I hope that this encourages you and builds your faith in God. My God is faithful and will not fail me nor you!

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What Is Your Motivation?

Work And Life

I am currently in a position of a job transition. I am transitioning from a known job into the unknown. At this point I do not know what my next job will be, but I know that God has one out there for me.

In the process of searching for a job I have to look at various different factors. One factor is what type of job do I want. Another is how much I want to work, or how many hours I want to work. Another is what benefits are there and what benefits do I want.

One factor that many people do not look at is the motivation factor. Motivation is the reason for a person to behave or act in a certain way. This brings up the question of why a person wants a particular job. Most people look back at the above factors in looking for a job. Some want the high pay, others the great side benefits, and still others the hours worked.

Money

While paying the bills is an important motivator for working, it is not necessarily the most important factor.

As a believer in Jesus, my time in worship and ministry is extremely high on the priority list of life. I want to be able to go to church and do ministry in the church. I want to be able to lead my family in worship and service to God, both in and out of the church.

As a happily married man, I place a very high priority of spending time with my wonderful wife. I want to be able to take her out on a date once in a while. I want to be able to spend time with her at home without falling asleep exhausted from work.

Family

As a man with a large family, I place family as a very high place on the priority of life list. I want to spend quality and quantity of time with my family. I want to be able to play with my kids and mentor my kids in work, worship and ministry. Working automatically places a damper on the amount of time spent with my family.

Some of the jobs I look at will pay very well. This will allow for all bills to be paid and still be able to get everything my family needs or wants. However, to get that high pay requires that I put in very long hours, cutting back family  and ministry time.

Other jobs I look at allow for a lot of time with the family, but do not pay very well. They will not be enough to pay the bills and other needs of the family. Thus it puts a lot of stress upon me and the family.

You may be in this position or you may have been there, or you may be in this position some day. Most people have been there or will be there some day.

In order to solve this dilemma one must look to God and His word. The first thing is:

Psalm 37-23_24

God guides those who seek Him. He will guide your steps. God is there to help you grow, not cut you down.

It is easy to look at this verse and agree that God guides your steps, but it is harder to actually act upon it. He may open a door that does not look good, or close a door that looks great. He sees the big picture and wants to guide you down the correct path. 

Often we look at a path God wants us to walk down and just see problems with it. Yet, that path may be the best one for us. It may be difficult, but it keeps you focused on God. It may be insane, but it draws you closer to Him. This brings you to the point of trusting God.

proverbs 3_5-6

You must let go of your own understanding and the wisdom of this world and trust God’s wisdom and understanding of the situation.

Now that I have talked about God guiding your steps and trusting in the Lord, what does all this have to do with motivation? I started talking about motivation at the beginning.

Ephesians 5_8-10

 

You need to first find out what pleases God. When you or I look at a job, it must be through the eyes of God. Does it honor God? Will it please God to have you working there? Will it be a hindrance to your walk with God? Or will it build your walk with God?

Colossians 3_23-24

 

No matter what the job is that you do, you must do it as though you are working for God. Don’t do it just for the paycheck, or the position, or the benefits, but do it for God.

God opens and closes doors. If you are in a job, it is because God wanted you to be there. The purpose to being there could be to build you up or to help you reach others. The paycheck is the last thing God is really concerned about. You can have a great paycheck and be lose eternal life, because you missed God.

The two greatest motivators for anything that you do, must be to please God and to do it for God.

This can be translated into work, play, or anything else in life. What is your motivation? Is it something temporary of this world? Or is it eternal in God’s kingdom?