The Lord will bring in the funds.
“I thought it all depended upon me. If I produced the time and effort the funds would roll in.”
We can quickly deceive ourselves into thinking that if we just follow a few tips, then the money will come flowing in.
After a few tips don’t do the trick, then we may employ a much bigger plan, or system. We can put in the time and work, and money may come in.
However, we can never take credit for it. Only the Lord himself brings in the funds.
As Bill also writes:
“Our job is to move forward in faith expecting his provision. Our role is to share that vision and ask people to partner with us financially.”
So I agree with Bill: the Lord is the one who brings in the funds.
The Lord may not bring in the funds.
That’s right. It’s totally possible that you will do everything you can to raise the funds. You will pray. You will fast. You will seek wise counsel.
However, it’s totally possible you could be busting your butt to raise funds, never raise the funds, and be doing exactly what God want’s you to be doing right now.
Many potential missionaries need to persevere in raising funds (see #2!), but there does come a time when the potential missionary should move on to something else if the funds are not raised.
It doesn’t mean you are a failure or a bad missionary.
It doesn’t mean that you misunderstood God’s calling and missed the boat.
It does mean that you stepped out in faith, and God apparently has a different direction for you now.
Now, the Lord did raise the funds for me, but after one failure of raising funds, and then a relatively long time of not seeing the funds come in, I really wondered.
It hit me that I was afraid of failing. “What if the funds never come in?” I feared.
I found great peace in the fact that if I were diligent to do my part, then even if the funds never came in, I wouldn’t have to worry.
Friend, the funds may never come in. And that would be ok.