Do you believe God will provide for you? So many of us today may say that we believe it, but don’t actually live it out. We say we believe it but still get worried about money or our safety. Isn’t God ultimately in control of all the money? Can’t he provide protection when we need it most?
My husband should have died about a dozen times before he became an adult. He has been in terrible car wrecks coming millimeters from objects that could have killed him…literally. He has been, smashed, crashed, and rolled in cars. But God’s hand was on him.
I should have died when I was 12 after getting stung by a bee. When we showed up at the hospital my throat and eyes were swelled shut. But God’s hand was one me. A week after I had Isaiah, in 2006, I began to lose massive amounts of blood. (I was passing blood clots the size of grapefruits…sorry for the visual). I passed out. But God’s arms were around me.
When we first become missionaries in 2006, we were making $200 a month. How could we survive, right? School, gas, food for 3 people including a pregnant wife? God always provided the food, gas money and tuition; whether by donations or people coming to our aid. God provided.
Worrying about our provisions can damage our marriages, our relationships with our family, and our health. How many of our fights with our spouses or our stress comes from worry that would be completely unnecessary if we chose to trust God? The scripture is very clear- ‘be anxious about nothing’ (Philippians 4:6). I am not saying bad circumstances will never arise but trust that if they do, God will get you through it. When financial burdens arise, a stressful situation occurs, or sickness in the family happens, God can use those things to grow you and refine you, if you let Him.
How silly would it be for my young kids to worry about us having enough money, or food, or clothes to wear? What if they felt like they needed to go to work to make money so they could have ‘more things’ or ‘nicer things’ or ‘put food on the table’? I would say, “No. God has made Daddy the provider and you don’t need to worry about that. Even if we have a hard month or two or three God will provide. Let’s just rest in knowing He will provide for us and focus on our roles and character. Me, a mom and wife, and you, sons and daughters. God is our Father and we are His children. Don’t worry. God is in control and can work things out for good.”