In my last post, I told about our $5100 tax bill that is due on January 31. Given our current financial situation, we had no way to come up with that amount of money. This was one of those situations where there was no option but to trust God. God has taught me to truly trust Him over these past few years. By that I mean putting the issue in His hands, and going about the rest of my business with childlike faith that my Father would take care of the issue. I was able to experience freedom from worry and anxiety, yet I had no idea what God would do.
Yesterday, the provision came and our tax bill will be paid in full! This is nothing short of a miracle. Glory to God, our faithful Father! He has demonstrated His faithfulness to provide for all our needs, but even greater than that, He is making a statement to whoever will have ears to hear. I went to bed rejoicing and in awe. When I woke this morning, I felt the need to look at the story of Jesus instructing Peter to go fishing where he would find the provision for his two-drachma tax. What He showed me was astounding.
In this story, Jesus was teaching Peter about his identity. God used this example in the civil (natural) arena, to make a point in the spirit. The tax Peter was required to pay was the temple tax. The temple and its services were products of the Mosaic Law and represented one form of worship and government. However, the temple really belonged to God and Jesus pointed out that the sons of the king were exempt from paying taxes. In essence, He is teaching Peter that he is a son of God and since the temple belongs to God, he is not required to pay taxes. This teaching comes directly after Jesus tells the disciples that he is going to be killed and then raised on the third day. He is saying the old form of worship is about to pass away and the sons of the God are going to be revealed. A new form of worship and government was about to be established.
So as not to hinder the new thing God was about to do, God told Peter “I’ll give you the money to pay those taxes (because I’m your Dad), and then no one will be offended.” There was no reason to create unnecessary trouble over taxes at this point. Only the sons needed to know who they were and that they were really seated above the government of that day because they belonged to the King who owns it all.
God is saying the same thing to me, to you and to all His children today. God owns it all, He owns the land that our houses sit on and He is restoring His covenant promises with His children and with the land. He is saying the old system of man’s government and religion is about to end and God’s Kingdom government is going to be established. His Kingdom is advancing! Jesus is coming soon! God will provide for the needs of His children because we are the ones He is using to bring His Kingdom to earth, just as He brought the Church into the earth through Peter and the other disciples. We must begin to see ourselves as those that are truly seated with Him in heavenly places far above all rule and authority and power and dominion. We are to take dominion in the earth, not be dominated by it. Yet, as Jesus demonstrated, we submit to God’s rule and authority and therefore, carry out His plans in humility, love, and order. Today, I will pay my taxes not as a victim of heavy taxation, but as a child of God who has received God’s provision and chooses to humbly pay my taxes so that my Father’s will can be accomplished on earth.