I am afraid to look at the online balance of my deferred compensation account. The stock market’s roller coaster ride of the past week has likely taken a toll on my retirement
income, but if I don’t look at the balance, is the money really gone? Since I’m not planning on retiring any time soon, does it really matter? Listening to my friends and family lament the fact that their 401Ks are now more like 101Ks, and watching co-workers stress about the value of our pension and deferred comp funds, I have to wonder if there is any point in thinking about it at all. Now I’m not suggesting people not plan for retirement, or stop contributing to their IRAs or long term savings. But I am thinking about what Jesus would do if he were here right now. Somehow, I don’t think he would be too worried.
God has a habit of being exactly where we need Him, when we need Him, and although we don’t always recognize it, bearing just the right amount of blessing for our given situation.
You don’t have to read too far into the Bible to find the perfect example of God providing exactly what we need, when we need it. When the Israelites were wandering the desert
in their flight from Egypt, God heard their complaining about being hungry and how they blamed Moses for rescuing them from Pharaoh only to lead them into the desert, seemingly lost (talk about being ungrateful!).
So “then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day’ “(Exodus 16:4). Reading further, if the people gathered more than they needed for that day, the bread would rot and breed worms before morning. Then the next day, more bread would rain down, and the people were to go out and gather again EXACTLY what they needed for just that day. More times than not they didn’t listen, hoarding the manna only to find it wasted and wormy by morning. I can’t help but believe this had a lot to do with the fact that it took them forty years to make an eleven day trip across the desert, but that’s another story…
How many times have we acted like the Israelites, trying to gather more than we need and refusing to rely on God to provide what we need, when we need it? We have a roof over our heads but we complain that our house isn’t big enough, or new enough, or pretty
enough. We have a reliable car that gets us back and forth to work but it’s not as shiny as the new model our neighbor just parked in his garage. Never mind the fact that our car is paid for, or nearly paid for, or comes with a reasonable payment while our neighbor just indebted himself for five years at a payment he really can’t afford. The fact is HE has the cool car, while we have, well, just enough for right now. We don’t know how long our car will last. We don’t know how we’ll buy new tires next year, or how we’ll pay to get it registered next month, but at the end of the day, the car we have is like manna from heaven – enough for right now.
Sometimes, we just have to trust that God is providing us what we need, when we need it. What we have is our manna for today, and like the Israelites, there will be manna
tomorrow. We don’t have to know why, or how God provides. We just have to KNOW
that God will. Going back to my deferred comp account, I don’t know what tomorrow brings. But I do know that God knows. And when tomorrow comes, there will be