I have written a good bit about trust. Now, my biggest test of trust is on the horizon. In March of next year, we will pack up our little family and move to one of the biggest, most expensive places in the world. Why? Because God has opened every door for us to do so. There are people there who do not even know who Jesus is. There are ministers there who’s heart language and culture are not the same as that of their children and grandchildren. I will be the “Christian Education Minister” at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. Basically, this is kind of a hybrid position in that it starts out reaching the English-speaking population of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. The vision later transitions to taking the group that we have and planting a new church in the area to reach more people for Christ. The intention is that this continues to multiply and can reach many groups in NYC for Jesus.
So, why is this about trust? Well, like I said before, New York City is incredibly expensive. What I would pay for an extremely nice house in South Georgia, I will pay for a 2 bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. When we visited, we stayed in a 1 bed, 1 bath apartment, and were told that it cost the person who owns it nearly a half-million dollars! The church position will be part-time at first, so we will raise some support, I will work another job to begin with at least, and Maegan will probably work from home. But here we are a few months away, and I am not sure exactly how we will make the money. I dont have a second job yet. But, let me tell you why I am not worried.
Psalm 93:1-2 states “The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.” This verse reminds me that God is the King of the universe. When looked at with verses like Philippians 4:19-20, we realize that God is a good King. A note in the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible puts it like this: “The believer’s great comfort is that God is a benevolent king…His perfect sovereignty joined with absolute goodness answers every need for His people’s sustenance”.
At a time when our political scene looks to be in disaster, we can take some comfort in the fact that we live in a democratic republic and not a dictatorship. Whoever wins the election will not have absolute power. “Dictator” is a term that has instant negative connotations for us, which is natural because of the way dictators have abused their power. But would that be so if the dictator was perfectly good? If he or she always had the interests of the people at heart? I don’t think so. That is what we have in God. And although the grace that He gives does not depend on my actions, He does expect my obedience. He expects me to work hard at this; to work at getting support and finding a job, to do my best in going through all the tedious details of such a major move, and to make sure my family is cared for in every way from start to finish. But I can rest in the fact that as I trust in Him daily, He will provide for our needs and He will help me to live the life of love that His Law has always pointed us to in the first place.
So we will move to Brooklyn, I will work relentlessly, and the Lord will provide for our needs. And if you want to visit, please do! Just bring an air mattress because we won’t have a spare bedroom.
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