Ohio’s budget woes and politicians’ proposed solutions are all over the news. Yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch ran two different stories on this topic: one on Senate Bill 5, the controversial legislation limiting collective bargaining, and one on funding cutbacks that central Ohio schools will face in the coming two years.
Many people believe budget cuts at the state level will force municipalities to raise taxes. As I was considering this a couple of days ago, it occurred to me that higher local taxes might sting our family quite a bit. I started to worry a little, but then I stumbled upon a comforting thought: God has shown our family that He can provide for us adequately, even unexpectedly.
When we can’t see solutions to our problems, God can. His perspective is immeasurably broader than ours, and His power is unparalleled (Romans 11:33–36). I now see that many times in my life God has provided for me in unexpected ways. Perhaps you’ve also seen God’s unexpected provision. When Jesus tells us not to worry (see Matthew 6:25–34), He’s not just being rosy. He handles the situations we fear, even if we don’t see a way out. He even handles the situations we would fear if we were cognizant of them.
I don’t know how all of the state budget wrangling will affect my tax bills, but when I find out, God will still be reigning, and He will still provide for me and my family, even if I don’t know how He will do it. That’s good news. Come to think of it, that’s really good news.
— Beau Stanley