1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
I have trusted Jesus for many years to supply all my needs and many of my wants. I chose to not marry to be free of domestic responsibilities to follow God, thus I went to China without support. All my needs were met. But when I came home to retire, I had no retirement. Eventually I got a stipend from Social Security of less than $300/month. I manage money well but that was a challenge! I have proven that God is trustworthy in every situation. Extra money comes when I need it but seldom from the place I expect it.
One of my favorite passages is Hebrews 13:5-6
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never w”ill I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
6 So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
I know what it means to be totally without money and have no food in the house. That happened to me twice in China, and it has happened since I came home when I had a little food but not enough money to buy dish soap. But God promised so I continued to praise and worship Him gratefully. He is more precious to me than food and clean water!
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
I have recieved three phone calls and one letter from government agencies urging me to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Slowly the wisdom of my refusal is being confirmed. The danger hasn’t passed, however, because now shedding is a serious danger to the unvaccinated. But God knew what was going to transpire many years ago and He promised in Mark 16:17-18 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
Drinking any deadly thing in this passage can include anything that enters the body: bacteria, viruses, other dangerous substances. While teaching in China I prayed this passage as protection over myself and didn’t have the health issues other foreigners had. Now I am trusting Father God to keep me safe from man-made viruses, the chemical cocktails being touted as vaccines, and the shedding of manufactured proteins from the bodies of those who were unfortunate enough to accept a “vaccine” from the death cult.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
In His own time and His own way God will destroy evil doers. But our God is a God of love, and Jesus died for those who are desperately evil. We ALL have come short of God’s requirements so Jesus paid our debt. While God is keeping us safe, He is also visiting those who have been deceived by Satan during the night-time to call them to Himself.
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.
We all have free will to choose evil. There are many who will choose the lake of fire as described in the last book of the Bible, in spite of all God provided for them. Then He will laugh at their calamity.
14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
Several months ago I had a desire to read the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah was a young man when God called him to be a prophet to his people. They ridiculed him when he admonished them to go with their enemy to Babylon to live in safety and prosperity. Eventually, all those who refused died either by famine, disease, or the sword.
The circumstances here in my building were intolerable to me so I applied to move to an apartment complex that was under a different administration with different rules which were not enforced. Those who knew me were not pleased with my decision but I was steadfast with confidence that I had heard my God. Then I heard the Holy Spirit say to me that my move was analogous to God’s admonition for the Jews to go with their captors to Babylon! I was surprised but confident in the Voice. Sometimes what He says seems contrary to “common sense” but His ways are always best.
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20 But the wicked will perish:
Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.
23 The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
Conservative news is now warning of famine coming to the United States of America! With the two major pipelines feeding fuel to the heavily populated central, northern, and eastern states being shut down, the trucking industry will be forced to cease service. Fresh produce and other necessary food sources will be interrupted. People living in cities will not have space to grow a garden so they will need to find God as their Source and Supply. Many will die of starvation but those who trust their God will survive and thrive. Unfortunately many who say they are Christians will discover that they have been serving a god who cannot provide food during a famine.