Yesterday I was reminded of a story my dad shared with me. I may have shared it before but I thank God for my dad and his mother who handed their strong faith down to me. My dad remembered being about eight years old and sitting in church with his mother. His earthly father was not a nice man and did not live with them. When it was time for the collection she took out the money and handed it to my dad to put in the collection plate. He got upset because he had seen it was all the money she had and they did not have groceries. He tried to tell her but she patted his leg and told him, "the Lord will provide." Dad said he never heard another word in church because he was so worried about them not having food or money. When they walked up the sidewalk and up the porch there was a bag of groceries in front of their front door. Dad never forgot that story that he felt his mother and God had taught him.
Scripture is full of God’s provision for us. The miracle of the fishes and the loaves. Matthew 15: 35-39, “So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of Magdala.” God made manna come down from heaven. Exodus 16: 4, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.”
In the beginning, God told us in Genesis 1: 29, "Then God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." God gives us all we need.
If God richly provides us with everything we need, we must trust Him. God has not stopped providing. No situation has caught God off guard. God has not run out of resources to help us. It frustrates us when we need something that we cannot get. Even if we can afford it but feel like God is slamming all of the doors shut so we won't make a mistake. We need to ask God, at those times, what He is trying to teach us through this process. He may be growing our faith. He may be keeping us from doing damage. We have to remember that His plan is better than anything we can imagine. Trust! 1 Timothy 6: 7, "For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it." God will provide what we need in this life and the one to come, for all eternity!
Matthew 4: 4, "Jesus answered, 'It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’" When God made the grains, seeds and fruits He intended that this physical bread would be a picture of the spiritual bread desperately needed for His people. Jesus said, "I am the bread of life." John 6: 35, "Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'" God will give us what we need when we need it.
Let’s trust Him to Provide as He sees fit.