We were being pressured into buying a home because it would be easier than renting during the present volatile price fluctuations. We were looking for a house with a very small budget and the promise from God’s word in Isa. 32:18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
The day came when we had found a house near the hospital, on a beautiful street with nice fields behind the homes on that street. My wife was in love with the french doors, wooden floors, shaded porch, casement windows, and tropical gardens. Eccl. 1:8b The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. I thought this would be a wonderful place for my wife and son because there were 3 bedrooms and my wife was pregnant with our second son.
We could all see clearly this was the house for us and surely God wanted us to have it. Well, two days later the owners came back with an offer of fifty-nine thousand that was firm. My wife was heartbroken because we did not have anywhere near fifty-nine hundred dollars down. We could not understand the situation because we were believing God for this house. Why God? Why are you not helping us with this request? I thought you wanted us to have a nice place to raise our children! Why? Why? Why? Isa. 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
That neighbourhood was in an uproar because they pronounced that property values would crash and the crime rate would be terrible. They prophesied to the letter as realty prices dropped overnight by one-third of house values. After the housing project was finished, theft and vandalism did go up.
Isa. 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. That is what happened in our home, we glorified the Lord for His wisdom and guidance because there was more blessing to come.
We give God all the glory. His wisdom is boundless and full of love. The Lord has the know-how and trusting in Him during our disappointments is still the way to go. Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.