God Will Provide
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:12, 19-20 New International Version (NIV) When trials come and our lives seem difficult to navigate, we who have put our faith in Jesus Christ must remember to trust in Him. Claiming Jesus as our Lord and Savior means we must believe He is our Lord and Savior. He not only died to free us from sin and death, God raised Him from the grave to give us abundant life now and eternal life when our troubles in this life are over. We won't always get what we want, but ultimately we will get all we need. And God gives it to us a day at a time. He gives us daily strength to endure whatever our circumstance may be. The future He promises us is not tomorrow but forever. As we suffer "want," let us remember verse number one of the 23 Psalm of David: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. This may seem hard to do when we face urgent needs and obvious lack of the necessities required to live in reasonable comfort in this world. Yet, we are told in God's Word to be anxious for nothing but to make our requests known to God (Philippians 4:6). Sometimes prayer is used as a last resort in our attempt to work out our problems. But God is merciful and He hears our prayers whenever we finally realize He is our best and only help. He also knows our needs and often provides for them before we ask. One problem we face is our impatience. Waiting on God's response to our prayers doesn't always line up with our timing, giving fear a chance to take root, grow and choke out our faith. These times of testing do not elude God's notice. Often, the Author and Finisher of our faith is the Source of the test. God wants His glory given willingly. He is teaching us to trust in Him. We were given life by the Creator of this world. No matter how much we may or may not possess, it is to our benefit to never forget that everything belongs to Him. God gave us His Son, Jesus, to enable us to share in His riches forever. God will provide.