The Lord Will Provide
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The Lord Will Provide
By Lionel Simmons

I have found that whenever I put my trust in the Lord's promises and am determined to live my life according to His principles, no matter what, He always provides for my needs. Further, He often blesses me beyond what I could have ever imagined.

My wife and I had recently become Seventh-day Adventists. We already had been tithing faithfully for more than seven years. Now, determined to be a faithful Sabbathkeeper also, I was prepared and fully expected to lose my job as a service manager at an auto dealership. In fact, I was ready to resign, but my pastor encouraged me at least to talk to my boss about my convictions.

To my surprise, the Lord intervened and allowed me to keep my job for another year. While I was there, one of the men who worked under me began asking about my convictions regarding Sabbath observance. Eventually, I began giving him Bible studies, and he was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

My employment at the auto dealership came to an end when my boss asked me to participate in an unethical business practice. When I declined, I was dismissed. Amazingly enough, I immediately found another job where I had Sabbaths off.

Not long after this I moved to Chicago and enrolled at an electronics school to learn radio and TV repair. I wanted to start my own business. Of course, I had to work to pay the school bill and support my wife and family; times were tough. I vividly remember the day we realized that, after returning our tithe, we had only two dollars left until the next week's paycheck. Not only did we make it through that week, but we were always able to pay our bills and have food on the table.

Within a few years the Lord had helped me to establish the largest electronics and appliance dealership in our area. This amazed my copetitors, since I was closed every Sabbath, which normally was the best day for sales. After five years in my own business, my weekly tithe was now greater than my weekly salary had been when I was working at the auto dealership.

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things whall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

Lionel Simmons is a retired businessman and member of the Summerville, South Carolina, Community Seventh-day Adventist Church at the time this story was written.

Quoted from the book Over & Over Again! by Ronald Alan Knott published 1998 by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
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