Tuesday, November 29, 2011

listen, follow, submit, obey

I tweeted this the other day: "God has a provision for you. Submit to it."

It just came out when my husband told me the news: the Super Committee that was created to solve the budget crisis failed to come to an agreement and because of it there will be huge cuts in the federal government's budget next year.

That means huge cuts in the military and defense budget.

$1 trillion in defense cuts to be exact.

For more context, consider this:
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that meeting the $1 trillion in defense cuts would require across-the-board, 23 percent reductions, which would end most of our ship and construction projects. We would be left with our smallest ground force since 1940, the fewest ships since 1915 and the smallest Air Force in its history. Mr. Panetta described these cuts as "devastating" and said they would "seriously damage readiness." (emphasis mine) source
In other words, our ground troop levels will be reduced to pre-WWII levels.

I know, you're wondering what all this political talk has to do with God's provision.

Well, alot actually. A year ago,God laid it on my husband's and my heart that he should end his career in the Marine Corps; get out after just 8 years. At the time it seemed weird, considering we had planned on staying in for a full 20 years. But we listened and we followed the Lord.

Ben was an infantryman. He was a part of the ground force. Chances are, had he stayed in, because of these massive budget cuts, his job would have been eliminated. He would have spent another 4 years in the Marines and still had to get out.

Now, instead of getting out in 4 years with no education or training for civilian work, he got out this year and will spend the next 4 years in college. He will be trained for civilian work. He will be able to support our family.

I've said it a hundred times and I'll keep saying it: God knows. God provides. God's plan is better, so submit to it!

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

The LORD Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand." Isaiah 14:24

I've spent a lot of time trying to do things my own way. I've ignored the Lord's tug on my heart. I've done things my way. I've intentionally walked away from Him.

I've also listened to Him. I've followed His call for my life. I've felt the Holy Spirit pressing on my heart and obeyed.

From experience, the latter is much better. Listen, follow, submit, obey. His ways are higher and better. Jehovah-Jireh is His name.


  1. Wow. This is just amazing. I am in awe of how God knows best. It literally brought me so much joy to read this! SO happy for you guys! God is GOOD!

  2. What a great story! I love that you are testifying to the faithfulness of God in the life of your family!

  3. Such a great story. It is so wonderful the way God works! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Awesome! We never falter when we obey God's direction!

  5. Love that you are able to see God's provision in your life so clearly. That is indeed something else to be thankful for!!!!

  6. This is amazing! I love it when God shows us the why of His plan even when He doesn't have to!