God Provides

God provides
published in Living City (October 2009)

A short while ago, my husband was talking to a relative and found out that the relative was in credit card trouble.  Although he was paying his monthly fees, his finance charges were making him sink deeper and deeper in debt (about $7,000).  Considering that the interest rate on loans is much lower than the credit card fees, we thought we could take out extra loans for his relative to pay off his credit card.  I have to be honest; at first I was a little hesitant. That was a lot of money.
“With the baby coming, who knows if we will need that money?” I thought. “What if he doesn’t pay us back? The loans we take out are in our name, so we’re responsible.”

But I felt that it was the right thing to do. The Gospel says, “Seek first the kingdom of God…” (Mt 6:33). Money was very tight, but we went ahead with the loan.
Just a few weeks later, we found out that my husband had received a scholarship for $26,000 — almost four times the amount we gave his relative. The money has no strings attached, and we don’t have to pay anything after school.

At first, we didn’t even believe it.  My husband went to talk to the admissions department at the university to be sure of the scholarship’s terms, but it was, in fact, free. God really does provide. This was for us the hundredfold promised by the Gospel.                  
S. C.

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