A Day Late and a Dollar Short

God will always come through, even if the timing and provision needed to fulfill a promise seem to have been compromised by your obedience.

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When I was a kid, I remember hearing a phrase used when someone had missed an opportunity. They would say someone was “a day late and a dollar short.” In other words, the timing and resources needed to take advantage of an opportunity had been missed. In the last two days, I have heard that phrase used five times in various settings. After the fifth time, I knew the Lord had something to say.

Some of you are living under the judgment of being late and without the needed resources to accomplish what you believe God has asked of you. If you have made choices under the direction of the Spirit, even if it puts you in a place where it appears the promise is now in jeopardy of being fulfilled, stay the course. God will always come through, even if the timing and provision needed to fulfill a promise seem to have been compromised by your obedience.

For God, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day (II Peter 3:8).. He is the Lord of all things, including time. His Lordship affects how time is adjusted to fulfill the promises He makes to those who follow Him. God also has cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). Those thousand hills are not visible to the natural eye. They must be seen in faith.

The next time you feel like you missed an opportunity or you are coming up short financially, if you are walking in obedience to the last word of instruction the Lord gave to you, you will never be “a day late or a dollar short.” You are being positioned for a miracle. This supernatural process of timing and provision is not just for you to see and receive. It includes others – your supporters and critics alike –  who will come to realize the God you serve is faithful to perform what He promised, even if the fulfillment of the promise made no sense according to natural measurements of time and resources.


This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Garris Elkins

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Garris Elkins is a Kingdom Winds Contributor. He and his wife, Jan, serve the global Church through writing, speaking, and mentoring. They live in southern Oregon, tucked away in the foothills of the Rogue Valley. Their shared desire is to have each person learn how to hear the heart of God and become a transforming voice in their culture.

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