Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God, everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26
Human Effort + Divine Intervention = Victorious Outcomes
This week many individuals are losing their additional $600 unemployment benefits without an option for replacing those monies. Also, the legal protection of non-eviction is scheduled to expire. The COVID-19 virus has forced many small businesses to shut their doors permanently. And the current statistics of cases and deaths worldwide continue to rise.
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The disparity between “those who have and those who do not have” has rapidly grown during the pandemic. Food Banks, Non-profit Organizations, and Churches that normally have an overflow of resources are desperately seeking help from their respective communities to counteract the depletion of funds and foods.
Please ask yourself, “Can I help someone today?” If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 1 John 3:17. For those of us who love God, we are His representatives to others that the invisible God does exist, and He has an army of helper soldiers who care.
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1
If you are overwhelmed from the thought of financial loss, eviction notice, or lack of necessities, know that God is aware of your challenges. Even if you have never thought about having a relationship with the Invisible God, now is the perfect time to say a simple prayer, “God, I don’t know who you are, but I desperately need your help. Amen.” Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! John 14:14.
Human Effort: Get in touch with agencies that specialize in helping others. Even if they cannot assist, most have an active network of people and other organizations that can assist.
Divine Intervention: “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Human Effort: When all else fails in life, we have to trust in God’s plan. But even before anything goes astray, putting our faith in the Lord is a great way to get the assurance we need to press onward. womansday.com
Divine Intervention: And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; Matthew 10:30-31
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Human Effort: Pray and tell God every concern, anxiety, and worry that you and your family are experiencing. Please know that God was not taken by surprise by the pandemic or the economic decline. Now is time for us to have courage, and faithfully trust in God. The same God who created us in His image has promised to take care of us despite the presenting circumstances.
Divine Intervention: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
God is here! He has promised to take care of us. Our part is to fully trust and believe that if God said it, He will do it. I encourage you to trust in God with all of your heart, soul, and mind.
In 1998, I obeyed God and relocated to complete my nursing degree. The plans that I had to begin the program in August was delayed. A business college that I attended in the 1980s kept the Federal monies awarded, even though I had withdrawn from the program. I had to seek employment because my scholarships were placed on hold until I corrected the student loan’s defaulted status.
During the six month waiting period, I slept on the floor in a sleeping bag in a small one-room studio apartment. I also supplemented my food by visiting the local church’s food bank. Did God abandon me? No, I had to experience the hardships to realize that God is the sustainer of my life. It was a tough time, but I can share a victorious end.
God intervened on my behalf, and in January of 1999, I received my scholarships, and the rest of the story is that I graduated and enjoyed a nursing career that was blessed and highly favored. God allowed me to provide nursing care to hundreds of patients, and my prayer is that I gave the same compassion that Jesus gave to others.
I once was young and now am old, yet never have I seen the righteous abandoned or their children begging for bread. Psalm 37:25
The Invisible God is waiting for us to invite Him into our lives, and He will provide visible proof that “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Bible Reading: Philippians 4
God, thank you for this beautiful Sabbath day. Please forgive us of our sins and shortcomings. We pray for those who are searching for peace, for those who need a financial blessing, and the individuals who are facing sickness. We ask you to provide comfort for the families that have lost loved ones due to the Coronavirus and other illnesses. We also pray that you will reveal your visible power upon our lives today. We ask these things in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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