When you put your faith in Christ, Gd commissions Himself to protect, provide, and to care for you (Philippians 4:19). God always provides for His children, though often it is not in the way we expect or hope.
The challenge is for us to see His provision and care, even when it is different that we expect. Because God Is God, His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9). But He graciously gives us insight into what He is doing in the Scriptures.
God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, but you may be aware of only two or three of them. Over and over again, Jesus’s disciples missed what He was doing right in front of them. They missed the point of the miracles. They missed the lessons. Which should give us hope for our own lack of clarity today.
Every now and again, I catch a glimpse of all the things God is doing in my life. And I am in awe of these things. I have never gone without and I have faith because God has never let me down.
Here are four important encouragements about how God provides and cares for you.
1. God May Provide Differently Than We Expect.The Israelites escaped captivity in Egypt only to face the challenges of the desert. One of the biggest challenges for such a large group of people was enough food to eat. Over and over again God provided supernaturally for His people. If God could provide for many thousands of Israelites in the middle of a desert, He can surely provide for you and your families needs. One of the testimonies in Scripture is “I have been young, and now I’m old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or His children begging for bread” (Psalm 37:25).
But, in the Bible we read that even with God’s provisions the Israelites still complained and grumbled in the desert. They longed for the food they left behind in Egypt. God was literally providing bread from heaven- enough for each day – but the wanted His provision in a different way. They wanted it their own way.
This lesson has spoken to me over and over again. Ask God to provide for you in whatever way deems fit. Don’t grumble against God’s supernatural, unexpected ways. Just trust Him.
Maybe you are at a job and doing work different than what you expected or hoped for. Don’t always wish for something different. My Father used to tell me, no matter what work you do, do it as if God is your boss. Do the best work you can do and you will be blessed. Always be thankful. This doesn’t mean you can’t move towards the job of your dreams, but it might inspire the faith to stop complaining about the way God has provided for you in the current moment, and invest yourself fully to wherever you are.
2. God Provides More Of Himself. Our greatest need is for more of God, and this is something He gladly gives us.
Which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!Matthew 7:9-11
Scripture tells us to make the pursuit of God the primary function of our lives. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
What is the deepest root of your joy? What God gives to you? or what God is for you? God graciously guides us into a greater realization that our ultimate need is for more of His word, more of His ways – more of Him.
3. God’s Ultimate Provision Has Already Been Given In The Gospel. If your like me you ask God for many things, but the greatest thing we could ever receive from Him He has already given. And many as blind to it. What God has given us in the gospel is light-years ahead of every other provision and care we would ever seek from Him. When we trust in Christ, we have decisively secured for us every ultimate good thing from Him. It’s just a matter of time.
James 1:17 reminds us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with who there is no variation or shadow due to change.” Every truly good thing in our lives comes straight for the Father. The ultimate good He provided us, through who much of the other good things to come to us, is Jesus. Jewish the ultimate treasure.
4. God provides Finally In Eternity. Hebrews 11 gives us two different perspectives on God’s provision and care for us. Some, by faith, came through this life victorious, while others lost their lives. Both are commended for their mighty faith.
God does not always provide and care for us in ways we might expect in this life. The Bible does not promise this. Peter, James, John, and Paul gave their lives for the gospel. They viewed the gospel as a treasure not to be lost at any cost. They suffered gladly because they had so in the gospel that had for more worth.
This life is fleeting. This life is fragile. This life is but a vapor’s breath. The next life, the age to come, is where all God’s provision for us will ultimately make sense and come together as a whole.
We may not receive healing in this life, but we will receive perfect healing in eternity. We may not see answers to our greatest prayers in this life, but we will receive fully in eternity. We long for our world to stop raging and be at peace, but ultimate peace will only come in eternity.
Our hearts ache under the pressures of this life, but it is only because we were made for another world. We are travelers -aliens if you will on this earth. “But we are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
I get asked by many, why I don’t do this or that? Everyone else is doing it. I tell them “I am not everybody else.” I would rather follow God and have His provisions then follow what everyone else is doing and have no provision. I love being a child of God.