Wednesday, March 12, 2008

God's Provision

I was having a conversation with my neighbor the other day on the topic of how my husband and I make ends meet. As I started telling her some of the things we do, God reminded me of the many times He has provided for us. What a blessing to be able to share that with her.

Just today a lady was asking how we were going to prepare for the upcoming grocery price increases. The news is out and people are starting to worry.

My first thought in how to answer her question was a step by step, detailed list of how we do things now, and how we plan to prepare. Again, as I started answering, that still small voice reminded me that we needed to trust in Him first. The scriptures that keep coming to my mind are:

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Matthew 6:25-34 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 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. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own"

I am a list person. I think that I have our whole lives planned out on paper. It is a security blanket of sorts for me. God has been reminding me, that although all my lists and plans are good, that His provision is what will really see us through.

Just as I was able to give a testimony to my neighbor of the faithfulness of God, I will be able to continue to share with others in the upcoming times ahead on how God has taken care of us time and time again.

I know that in the last two years I have been home full-time, I have seen that to be true over and over. Whether it be from Scott getting extra work, people bringing over clothes, or God teaching me how to be frugal. We have always had enough. It is only by the grace of God that I can say we are better off financially now, than when I worked.

So, while we plan and while we learn to be better stewards of the money God had entrusted to us, let us not forget of God's provision. He cares enough for us that He will take care of us no matter what comes our way.

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D&Xmommy said...

This is so very true. I tend to be a worrier and God has been bringing some of those same verses to my mind. Thanks for posting that.

Cajunchic said...

wow thank you for such wonderful insight. I was just worrying about money and not relying on God to provide. I need to start having more faith when it comes to the area of money.

Kate said...

Beautifully written and so very true! As someone who has felt God's provision for our family on a fairly regular basis, it is wonderful to hear about it from someone else, and also to be reminded of it. Great post again!