But in the midst of your praise, you think of the other Thai people whom you work with – they are in the same position you have been in for years, they depend on God for their support too – and almost 90% of them have negative accounts like you have had for years and years. You know them, their love for God, their faith in Him, their prayers of dependence for Him to provide for them as well, and yet the money to cover you and your family for almost one year has come to you! Not them. What do you do?
This is the story of a staff person here in Thailand recently – Ohm. Ohm recently discovered that a supporter gave him enough money to take care of his family for almost one year, to completely cover all of his expenses for his family, but at the same time, Ohm considered the situation of his brothers and sisters in Christ. Do you know what Ohm did? Regarding them above himself, he took every penny of that huge sum of money and gave it all away – every bit – to the others who needed it – not more than he did, most of the others don’t even have families to take care of, but he gave it to them anyway, regarding their needs as more important than his own.
And now, his bank account is negative again. But, his trust is not in his bank account or in any person who gives him anything. His trust is in God Himself, and God is the One who is faithful to provide for all His needs. His bank account his negative, but his bank of joy inside is full with the joy that is only Christ’s, and that comes from glad surrender, obedience, and dependence on Christ. Ohm has been able to freely rejoice with many other staff over God’s provision for them as well – as most of them don’t have a clue where the money came from. He didn’t let hardly anyone know, he quietly transfered the money into many accounts, and sat back and enjoyed hearing staff after staff praise God saying, “”Thank God for His provision for me! I don’t know what person this money came from, but I praise God that it truly came from Him!””
I was rocked by this story of God’s working through Ohm. I am light-years away from this kind of faith and love for others, and have just had to sit back and praise God for what He has done through Ohm and ask that He may grow me up to follow after Ohm’s example.