Jan 13 2013

God Will Provide

cardinal 1768This morning I resigned from the church I’ve served the past five years.  It was not an easy thing to do.  It was made even more difficult by the fact that I don’t have another job waiting for me.  I now live with the recognition that in a few weeks I may very well be unemployed.  I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that causes me a bit of fear and anxiety.  How could it not?  Still I have a peace about the situation and sincerely believe that somehow, someway, God will provide.

The Bible is filled with verses which speak of God’s provision.  We heard Psalm 23 read this morning at church and in this most famous of Psalms David declares, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”  He then goes on to speak of the many ways God takes care of his needs.  In Philippians 4:19 the apostle Paul also speaks of God’s ability to provide for our needs.  He says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in heaven.”

CDI-580According to Jesus there is also plenty of evidence in nature that God will take care of us.  Rob and I have both shared what Jesus said in previous posts but it is worth looking at again.  During his Sermon on the Mount Jesus declared, “do not worry about your life, what you 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 you’re your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26)

A few verses later Jesus points to more evidence from nature.  He said, “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?” (vs. 28-30)

In light of my current situation, today I am very thankful for God’s promises found in both the Bible and Creation that He does, indeed, look after His children.  I honestly do believe that God will provide.

–Chuck

(I photographed the cardinal at my home in Pikeville and the crested dwarf iris at Red River Gorge National Geological Area.)