Lent: Day Ten

Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. -Proverbs 30:7-9

This has been my prayer for years. However, this year it became a challenge; one I needed to really pray about and keep before me as I serve the Lord. As I went into teaching as a long-term substitute at North Iowa Community Schools this year, I didn’t know from day to day how long I was going to be there. The school had to post the position for which I was teaching, and at any time could have hired a full-time teacher. When it was clear that the school had met their obligations and I was offered a contract, I was discouraged as I was not offered what I understood I was going to get if given a teaching contract for the rest of the year.

After much prayer and many discussions, I signed a contract below my credentials. Then people told me that I should have fought harder, and that the school was taking advantage of me. These words planted a seed of discontentment in my heart, and I became angry and upset over the situation.

God reminded me that I had prayed over my money situation and asked Him to answer this prayer in Proverbs 30:7-9. God reminded me that my contentment only comes from Him. He reminded me that I was on assignment from Him. And when one is on assignment from God, he will meet ALL his needs.

My focus needs to be on serving God and not man. When I remember that God is my provider, then money doesn’t matter. God meets my needs and keeps me from disowning or dishonoring Him. The peace and contentment I receive is so much more than material things.

Prayer: Father, thank you that you meet all my needs and give me true contentment in serving you daily.