Today I want to start by looking at scripture. My words will be saved until after you’ve done that.
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Psalm 37:25
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
“So do not worry, saying, ” What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ for the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Matthew 6:31-32
Do you get a common theme here?
God provides for ALL of our needs.
All is not only another of my favorite words, it is my favorite of the favorite words. It means:
- the whole amount, quantity, or extent of;
- as much as possible;
- every member or component of;
- the whole number or sum;
- so much….and more.
Look at these definitions and look at those verses again.
Truth: There is nothing we need that God won’t provide.
Your Provision (from God)
When thinking about this post I was wrestling with which example from my life to give you.
There have been so so many examples of God’s abundant (yes abundant, not just enough but more than enough) provision.
- Is there something you need and haven’t asked God to provide?
- Is there something you need that you’ve asked and asked for but haven’t seen the provision?
Your God will provide.
We have to remember that His definition of ‘what we need’ might look a whole lot different than ours.
God knows our entire life story and because of that He’s got better than 20:20 vision into our needs. He also knows not only what to give us but when to give it. He knows how the things He provides us will benefit others.
Truth: God’s got better than 20:20 vision into our needs.
My Provision Story
When I moved to Tacoma I was looking for a house. Of course I wanted a perfect beautiful house that I could show off to others and be proud of (hello ego and pride).
But I knew that my budget was small due to a fixed income (that God lovingly provides me).
Not a week into looking God drew my attention to a house I’d have never looked at and I immediately fell in love with it.
Problem: it needed a lot of work and it was a townhouse. I didn’t want to live connected to other people (hello selfish pride again).
Because of the house’s price and the amount of work it needed, it was going to deplete my savings.
Because of the Holy Spirit’s tug on my heart, I bought it.
Here’s how God showed up and provided:
- friends and family volunteered to help with the renovations and…
- God miraculously dropped the price of the house by $25000.
Yup – He dropped the price totally unexpectedly and the seller didn’t even fight. This allowed me to not deplete my savings. Yea God.
What I didn’t realize is that He wanted me to have that house for a couple of Kingdom reasons.
- He knew it was within walking distance of the church He wanted me to attend (this is a big deal cuz driving and me aren’t always good friends).
- He also knew He wanted me to host and lead Bible Studies in this house.
Truth: God provides and when He does, He uses His provision to bless us and others.
Food for Thought
Here’s the PDF: Who Provides for You PDF
Is there something you need and haven’t asked God to provide?
Is there something you need that you’ve asked and asked for but haven’t seen the provision?
How has God provided for you lately?
How has that provision blessed you? others?
What big takeaway did the Holy Spirit show you today?
Please share in the comments below. It will be such a blessing to everyone who stops by. Also, don’t forget to check out our two foundational pieces here and here. This post is also part of a week long series that can be found here, here, and here.
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As always, if you’ve got questions about what you read today – go to your pastor. If you don’t have a pastor, send us an emial and we’d be happy to help. Until next time,
Hannah and Sarah
Today’s Quick Tip
Because we talked about provision today I thought it’d be fitting to focus our quick tip on blessing others. This post from More Radiance has 100 Little Ways to Bless Others. Rebekah has broken it into sections so you can scroll and find a tip based on who you want to bless. Love that Rebekah.
My favorites are:
- Be positive and grateful – don’t be the complaining one
- Let others borrow your things (and understand they may not return it)