The “price tag” on an expensive item can send us into sticker shock. Some things we decide we can do without because it’s more than we would care to spend but sometimes it is not optional. This is the case for necessary medical treatment and procedures, especially if it life threatening. I don’t want to get into the whole health insurance debate because it turns my stomach but to make a long story short my health insurance switched as of the first of the year. I am just now receiving bills through my new insurance.
Cancer treatment is very expensive. Every treatment is thousands and thousands of dollars. It can throw you into sticker shock when you start to scrutinize every statement and then the bills that follow. It’s one of those items that you really can’t do without, can’t purchase second hand or find on Craig’s List, or bid for on E bay. I was trying to figure out how to pay the deductible that had been met and then got billed for the out-of-pocket max already for the year. To add insult to injury next came the estimate and bills for my root canal, post and crown with my new dental insurance.
Going through treatments is bad enough but having to deal with the paperwork, billing and financial price tag on top of that can be very overwhelming. I can easily let this eat away at me and get depressed which was starting OR I can choose to focus on the fact that my God has always provided. He tells us not to worry, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,'” Matthew 6:34 (NIV). I can rest in the fact that HE has not changed. He is faithful and has promised to provide for my needs. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:19 (NIV). Matthew 6:26, “ Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (RSV) If He takes care of a little sparrow, how much more will He take care of my needs?
I was watching the new Bible mini-series on tv last week. One of the scenes that always grabs me is where Abraham takes his only son Isaac up the mountain to sacrifice him in obedience to God. So many thoughts run through my own mind when I think of what must have been going on in both Abraham’s and Isaac’s minds. To everyone’s relief, especially Abraham’s, God comes through and provides a ram for the sacrifice. Jehovah Jireh (YHWH Yireh), is one of the names of God. It means the Lord who provides or sees (to it). This is exactly what happened here in this account in Genesis 22. WOW…The Lord will see to it that not only is my every need met but that it is met in just the right time, and not just financial needs either. Check out this two minute video on Jehovah Jireh…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgU8re8b8aA
No one likes to have any debt, especially large financial ones. The good news is that the BIGGEST DEBT any of us has ever had, has already been taken care of! God has already provided the ultimate sacrifice through his son Jesus. “God bought you with a great price,” 1 Corinthians 16:20a (NLB) “Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would,” 1 Corinthians 15:3b (NIRV) That is one debt I could never repay even if I tried and am so thankful it was PAID IN FULL on the cross.