â€œBut my God shall supply all your need according to
His riches in glory by Christ Jesusâ€ (Philippians 4:19)
It was my first year in full-time ministry…
During my first year as a full-time evangelist, I was scheduled at a church in Michigan, and to be honest, the pastor and I just didnâ€™t click. (He probably thought the same about me!) On the last day, I was tearing my equipment down when the pastor gave me an envelope. I knew it was my pay and I knew it wasnâ€™t something you rip open and look at in front of the pastor. Later, when I opened the envelope, there was a check there for something like $90. Now folks, itâ€™s not about money, but it took more than $90 to drive up to that church and it would take more than that to get me home. For the first time in that first year of ministry, the words of the â€œencouragersâ€ came back to me,Â â€œYouâ€™re going to starve to death.â€
I was frustrated.
I began to drive home from that part of Michigan to Cincinnati and when I came into the city limits, my car started to act up. At home, I looked at my finances to see what I had to spare and all I had was $100… but I knew what needed to be done. I took it to the dealership and walked to a shopping mall while they looked at my vehicle until the call came that they were finished. On my walk back, I saw something shimmer in the sunlight. It was a quarter on the sidewalk. Iâ€™m cheap, so I reached down, picked it up and put it in my pocket. Walked a little bit further and there was a penny laying thereâ€¦ Iâ€™m really cheap! I reached down, picked it up and put it in my pocket. By the time I made it to where the car was, I found one quarter and four pennies. At the cashier’s counter, the gentleman looked at me and said, â€œMr. Huddleston, the charge for the servicing of your Toyota today isÂ $100.29.â€Â
God has been faithful… Â Â
When I think about the life Iâ€™m living and look back on what He has done, I realize that the past is a promise for tomorrow. When I see how Heâ€™s worked in my life thereâ€™s no reason to doubt the same God who was faithful yesterday will be faithful today and bring me through my present circumstance. Thatâ€™s our God!Â And thatâ€™s your God!