And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
In the summer of 1985, Alexei and his son Viktor needed to go to a village called Novova Selevka, about 130 kilometers from Zaporozhe to lead the Saturday night church service.
However, at that time in the Soviet Union there was a severe shortage of gasoline. Alexei got on the telephone, seeking someone who could take them there in a car. No one had any gas. There weren’t any trains or buses that would get them there on time. As he always did when there was a problem, Alexei got on his knees and prayed. “Lord, give favor to your servants so that someone would come and give the gasoline.”
While Alexei was praying, the telephone rang. It was Yakov Vassilievich, one of the church members. “I’ve got about fifteen liters of gasoline,” he said. “Enough for us to get to Novova Selevka, but not back.”
Alexei said, “Viktor, get ready, we’re going. God will see about the gasoline.”
When they arrived in Novova Selevka, the pastor remarked, “It’s so good that you came. Last week my son was here, and he brought a canister of gasoline in case there would be a need for it, even though I don’t have a car. I thought that if you came, I would give it to you to get home.”
Tears filled Viktor’s eyes. God heard his father’s simple prayer, “God, You see our need; please send gasoline.” They didn’t even have time to say any more, but God had already responded. So many times God helped them, but when hard times came Viktor struggled with doubts.
Alexei’s eyes glistened with tears. Even he, who had seen God’s power so many times, had moments of wavering, wondering if God was really so powerful that He could help in all things. The trials they faced every day were like unrelenting storms that threatened to drown them. Sometimes they’d even feel they were sinking into a pit, and that God could help them, but didn’t want to. But every time He showed how faithful He was, and that He would provide or help in just the right time. His time, not theirs.
Lord, help me to trust in You to provide in just the right time.