Great devotion today! Be encouraged that God hears and answers our prayers. Have a Marvelous Monday!
"It Only Cost a Dime"
CBN Ministries, Andy Hollifield
Connie was feeling especially down, spiritually, one day. She had recently endured some rough circumstances in her life and had almost lost hope. As she was out walking, she was talking to the Lord and made a request to him. She prayed, "Lord, if you are still with me and are going to help me, let me find a dime. Not a nickel or a penny, or even a quarter, just let me find a dime." She walked on a little further and something caught her eye. She looked down and sure enough, there was a dime.
Of course, business picked up in her soul. Her circumstances didn't change immediately but she had faith in her Lord and he had answered her in his own special way as she requested. You may think these things don't really happen. Sometimes our faith gets weak and they just don't happen for us because we never ask God for anything.
In Judges 6:36-40, Gideon asked God to let a fleece be wet one night and the ground
dry and the next night for the fleece to be dry and the ground wet. Verse 40 sums up the answer with one statement:
"And God did so that night..."
Judges 7:13-15 tells us how God encouraged Gideon even more by letting him overhear the telling of an enemy soldier's dream.
"And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshiped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, 'Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.'" (Judges 7:15 KJV)
Connie, like Gideon, was further encouraged with every dime she found for the rest of her life.
Sometime after her mom's death, Connie's daughter Brenda went to the beach. I don't know if she had been praying for it or not, but as she sat down and dug her toes into the sand, she felt something. She leaned forward and dug around and pulled a dime out of the sand. As she leaned back relaxing and dug her toes into the sand again, she felt something with the other foot. Sure enough, another dime. This was most likely a great comfort for the bereaved daughter as she took it as a sign that God was also with her as he had been with her mom.
Sometime later, Brenda's son David was somewhere on a job site and looked down and there on the ground, he found a dime. Just as his grandma had found dimes from the Lord, his mom had, and now he had his very own. He took a picture and sent it to his mom, who I am sure greatly rejoiced over it.
This may sound silly to you but if you have ever been in that dark place and sought the Lord, you know He makes himself known to you in whatever way is needed to help you. From grandma to daughter to grandson, this family was blessed for years just because grandma sought God for comfort and assurance in a dark place in her life.
Throughout the Bible, prophets have called down fire from heaven, asked for deliverance in battle, parted rivers and seas, and a whole book full of other things. If God would do all that he did for the prophets, why wouldn't he answer your prayer? He answered Connie's prayer and gave comfort. After all; it only cost a dime.