Sunday, October 24, 2010

My God Will Provide

My God Will Provide
Oct 25, 2010
Philippians 4:19 "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."

God will provide. Such a trite saying, so easy to say but very, very difficult to understand. I know this first hand. When the Scripture is talking about God meeting all our needs, it is talking about our physical needs. God knows that we have basic human needs: food, water, shelter, clothing, even emotional and relational support. The Bible says that God will be faithful to ensure we have those basic needs met. If you're reading this right now, there is no doubt in my mind that you need the provision of God in your life. In some area, you feel you are lacking and desire the provision of God. But I would submit to you that God IS providing. God has always provided for you, even through your complaint, and He will be faithful to continue His provision. BUT, God's idea of provision may not be the same as yours and mine.

I have been homeless. No, I was not living on the streets, but I lost my home years ago in the beginning of the current economic crisis. But God provided a place for me and my family. It certainly wasn't a presidential palace, but it was warm in the winter, dry in the rain, and safe at night. It wasn't MY home, we lived with someone else, but it was the provision of God. I had a place to stay; my needs were met. My needs were NOT met in the manner in which I desired, but God still provided for my needs. If you reflect upon your life, I doubt there have been many times, if any, when you've been forced to sleep outside in the elements. While you may not have eaten the greatest of delicacies for every meal, there probably have been few times you've actually gone to bed without enough food to sustain you or fat on your body to keep you from being faint. The fact of the matter is, God has ALWAYS provided for you and me. The problem is that we don't like the sufficiency of God. We feel we are due more than we have because of the gluttonous society in which we live.

God, the Father, has promised to meet all your needs. He has promised to clothe you far greater than the lilies. God has promised that your children will not go begging for bread. God has promised that if you will seek first His kingdom, then even earthly riches would be given to you. BUT, He never promised to provide for you to the point where you don't need Him or His provision any longer. We want more so we won't have to trust in God to provide. We want to provide for ourselves and trust in our own storehouse, eliminating the need to trust God for tomorrow. If that is your desire, to have a storehouse so you don't have to trust God to provide, then you will never know the peace of His sufficiency. God will not put you in a position where you don't need Him any longer. God will not put you in a place where you will never have to trust in Him again. God is not interested in you trusting in yourself; He desires that you entrust yourself to Him for the provisions for need in this life, however humble that provision might seem.

God's provisions, though, are for His children; they are not for the wicked. You cannot claim the rights of a child of God if you are not behaving like a child of God. You do not get the protection of the Father if you are not living in the Father's household. You do not get the riches and inheritance of the Father if you are not a son or daughter, a rightful heir. So, if you lack, first consider if God is truly your Father. If you lack, first consider if you are seeking His kingdom and His righteousness. If you lack, first consider if you are trusting in God or if you are trying to eliminate the need to trust in Him for your present and future needs. If you lack, first consider if you are submitting to the sufficiency of God or if you are trying to live above His provisions for your needs. If you lack, first consider if it is because you tried to live beyond His provision. If you lack, first consider that God wants you to trust Him today, and then rest in the peacefulness of His provision, however it might present itself in your life.

If you are having trouble trusting in the sufficiency of the Father, I encourage you to review the Scriptures below. My God will provide.

1. How is your sleep at night; do you rest in the sufficiency of God's provision, even if it means you lose a few earthly possessions?
2. How can you trust in Him to provide even though you don't know what tomorrow might bring?
3. How can you always have a dependency upon God and still make wise decisions toward the future?

Don't take my word for it; look it up: Ps 28:7, Ps 37:4, Ps 37:25, Pr 3:5-6, Nahum 1:7, Matt 6:33, Matt 10:29-31, Lk 12:26-28, Philippians 4:6-7, James 4:2-3

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I also have lost a house when I had four terrible medical problems in a space of four years. The Lord provided jobs, housing and comfort such that total strangers came up to me in the hospital asking, "Why are you so calm?" My reply was that God had it under control and I knew I could trust Him in all things.
Dr. C.