I had not planned on adding another entry into the journal until something a bit more significant had happened, but not to include the struggles that we have had thus far would not be a truthful representation of our so-called journey to unindebtedness.
Because of our past decisions–most of them foolish, some of them not as much–we have incurred a great amount of debt when compared to our present income. Because of this, we have been denied a loan twice with just mine and my wife’s name on the loan, and to get approved for the loan we are going to have to add a more financially stable co-signer to the loan, namely my father-in-law.
For this reason, we have had to learn to be patient when waiting to hear back from lenders, and not to be discouraged and not to desire to simply give up and accept the status quo that characterizes our present life.
It also has caused me to meditate upon what is the Lord’s will (hence yesterday’s post), and how we are to respond when things do not go as smoothly as we think they ought. For when things do not go smoothly, it is natural to think that God may be preventing it and that it might not be God’s desire for us to go forth with our present plan. And while that may indeed be the case, it may very well be the case that Adversary is seeking to supplant our desire for simplicity and unindebtedness, and his obstacles are being tossed into our paths to test just how dedicated we are to living a life that is pleasing in the sight of the Lord.
Therefore, we have found (as Scripture also declares), that knowing God’s will from his Word is fundamental to perseverance. And though human judgment and wisdom must take God’s timeless truths and apply them to particular cultural contexts, his truths are timeless nonetheless. And though we know that God could very well have another way for us to live out his will in our context, we have yet to see this other way, and we have not yet exhausted the means by which we can make our present plan a reality.
Therefore, we are presently busy about exhausting our means to make our present plan come about. Yes, two doors have been closed thus far, and that has been slightly discouraging at times, however we have been encouraged to press on knowing that our heart’s desire in this is to glorify God and to obey his commands.
For this reason, if you think of it, we would be thankful if you would pray for us, that a door would be opened up for us so that we can demonstrate, sooner rather than later, that God is our greatest treasure by the way we live our lives. For that is the desire of our hearts and the design of our present plan, and we know that God is faithful to make his name great through his people. Soli Deo gloria.
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