“Provider” by Ruthanne Conner

So often we are anxious about our lives and how things are going to work out. This stems from a perceived need for control in and over our lives, of which we do not possess, and a lack of trust in God our Father, the Son our Savior, and the Holy Spirit our Advocate. We will trust God more as we both receive and return/reciprocate His love. Receiving the love of God is more possible when we understand who He is.

We will trust God more as we both receive and return/reciprocate His love

David’s psalms speak a great deal to who God is and what our responses to Him can look like. David had plenty of things to be anxious about and fearful of, and he told the Lord all about them, but He also acknowledged who God was in His situation. In Psalm 23:1 David says, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” I think that the second half of the verse sounded so much like a command to me that I missed the comfort of the promise it offered. I thought it sounded like “I shouldn’t be in want if the the Lord is my Shepherd” rather than “I won’t be in want if the Lord is my Shepherd.” David went on to give several examples of how and where the Lord our Shepherd provided for him. God did not keep David from tough experiences that required the Lord’s special guidance, protection, and provision, but gave him what he needed when he needed it.

I won’t be in want if the Lord is my Shepherd

God is Jehovah Jireh – our Provider. He is our Keeper, the Lover of our souls, our Comforter and Helper. He cares for us and will give us what we need when we need it, but He wants us to know our need. Ravi Zacharias, theologian and apologist for the Christian faith, contributes some insight. He said that Jesus taught us to ask the Father for daily bread. He offered that God wants us to come to Him every day acknowledging our need.

He wants us to know our need

We all have wanted a day to be finished, the results to be in for that test, to know how this relationship will turn out, where we will work when we are out of college, how we will pay for this or that, or if we should give our time or money here or there. God is giving you what you need when you need it. If we end up in a place where we do not acknowledge need for God and His provision, blessing, and guidance, watch out! We will become proud and hard-hearted toward the Spirit. We can rest in the knowledge of the goodness of the Father’s heart and His true and faithful promises to provide and walk alongside us. We can and should ask, but then we can rest in a place of trust.

God is giving you what you need when you need it

When she was young, Corrie Ten boom, author of The Hiding Place, was talking to her father about death. Her father reassured her of the the grace that God would provide at the time they needed it. She relates this interaction as follows:

‘”Corrie,” he began gently. “When you and I go to Amsterdam, when do I give you your ticket?” “Why, just before we get on the train.” “Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things, too. Don’t run out ahead of him, Corrie. When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need – just in time”‘ (ktt.org).

“Don’t run out ahead of him, Corrie”

Whatever  anxiety or fear you are facing, you can be assured that God not only knows about it, but He cares and He will provide what you need. Jesus said “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being 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 7:7-11) Trust in the Lord to give you what you need when you need it. Keep depending on Him for everything. Lay down the pride of controlling your life and surrender to His will. The beauty of seeing His purpose and will in your life will begin to fill your vision.

Lay down the pride of controlling your life and surrender to His will

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:19-20

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