Would God Provide?

When Missionaries Jonathan and Rosalind returned to Canada during World War I, they faced a serious financial crisis. They had two choices. They could lay their affairs frankly before the Board, showing that their salary was quite insufficient with war conditions and prices to meet their requirements. The other course was to just go forward, get a suitable home and whatever they required, and trust their Father to supply what was needed above their income. They decided on the latter course.

Their daughter felt indignant that they should have a salary insufficient for their needs; but they assured her that to trust God for what was lacking was not begging.

The day came when they took possession of their new home. As they entered the dining room they found mail from China on the table.

One letter was forwarded from the lady in Australia whose gifts, in the past, seemed always to have met some felt need. Her letter enclosed fifty pounds, with the expressed wish that thirty pounds should be used for work in China, but twenty pounds was to be used to meet some personal need.

Rosalind handed the letter to her daughter, saying, "Shall we not believe that God will undertake for us? It seems to me as if our Father were beside us saying, 'My child, take this hundred dollars as an earnest of what I am going to do for you.'"

Tears stood in her eyes as her daughter gave the letter back, saying, "Mother, we don't trust God half enough!"

Thank You, Jesus, for never failing those who trust You, and thank You, too, for those You can trust to meet the needs of others at Your prompting.

"Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things" (Psalm 107:8-9).