You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because God’s your refuge, the High God your very own home, Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
Ever been told yes then it turns to no? Ever been believing for something only to be disappointed when it does not turn out like you expected? Ever plan for something and then have the rug torn out from under you? How do you keep trusting in God when these things happen in our lives? Sometimes we get our hopes so high we plan for things that really are not attainable.
Ever been praying for something and God says no? This kinda of happened to us today. We lost all of our tax money to a bill we owed on without warning. We had already planned to split our taxes in half and made plans for the spending. I wanted a new camera and to finance the rest of the publishing of my book. My husband wanted to upgrade our car stereo and fix some other things wrong with it. In one opening of an envelope all of those dreams seemed deflated.
It’s a good thing God is bigger than our tax refund. It is no coincidence that we just saw a video on a sermon that said sometimes when God says no, it’s because He has a bigger YES! I found comfort in this. I suddenly found peace that God had heard my prayers and my desires and He has something already in the works on our behalf. We knew this bill was too big to handle and in the small portions we were paying it would taken awhile to get it paid off, so praise be to God for taking care of that debt in a way we did not expect.
I know this seems like such a touchy subject and it is easy to get bitter about losing all that money but we have been so blessed that we know getting bitter is not the answer. Disappointed a little? Sure, but we KNOW God is in control and since we gave control of our finances to God we just have to trust in Him. Doesn’t it say on our money anyways “In God we Trust”?