“Jehovah Jireh” ~
My God Will Provide
I’ve found myself yet again at a place I never thought I would ever be in my life again since being saved — uncertain ….
As a result of something someone in the church told me this morning; I have been completely confounded on how I am going to provide, and why? Because I let that statement fester in my thoughts ….
I fell on my knees before God and pleaded for wisdom on how to move forward. I felt the Holy Spirit speak to my heart, “When you need it, it will be there.”
God has proved His faithfulness to provide every step of the way. He has never left me alone or disappointed me. There were many times I’ve had no idea how a situation was going to work out, and God has always provided. And my faith has increased as I’ve grown and matured in Christ. And yet, today I was called immature and disobedient ….
There are times that come in our lives when our faith is tested, and even in our growth we may fall short. This is what I’m struggling with, yet I’m still walking by faith, and I will obey those things that My Lord has told me to do, even as I might not see the outcome visible to my natural eye. This is faith. My Bible says “we ought to obey God rather than men” and as long as I obstain from sin and obey God then He will not fail me ever …
In (Genesis 22) Abraham was faced with a similar dilemma; he obeyed God’s command to take his beloved son and sacrifice him in the land of Moriah. He had no idea how it was going to work out. Yet when Isaac asked about the sacrifice, his response was “God will provide” (v. 8). What faith that must have taken. Oh, that I could have such faith, and not just occasionally, but always ….
Many times we want God to show us how He’s going to provide before we take the actual steps of obedience. Not with Abraham — he immediately stepped out in faith. It’s in our steps of obedience that we most clearly stake our faith in His ability to provide for us. If we had everything we ever wanted, why would we need to ask God for it? It’s our faith in the invisible, but very real God, that projects us to believing in the impossible. Some may call that crazy, but I call that grace ….
The Lord promises that He has “begun a good work” in us, and that He will “perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phillipians 1:6) and that simply means to me that He will see what He has started through to completion until the hour that Jesus returns to take us home; and also to provide ALL of our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). “All of our needs”…. that means anything and everything …..
It’s our responsibility to request and trust in God’s perfect timing for our needs. We won’t necessarily get everything we want; however, He will provide those things that we need for survival, peace, and hope in Him….
In conclusion, we MUST keep our focus on how far we have come and how much God has done for us already in our lives to be able to strengthen us in the lean times. I love to see the tangible distance between where I used to be and where I am now. I love seeing the evidence of advancement. Progress … Growth … and yes, Maturity …
It’s there when I reflect on this rather than on what I don’t see. So I will stand up in my diaper and proclaim His promises over my life.
In his letter to Timothy, Paul encouraged him to set an example to other believers in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity (1 Timothy 4:12). The word faith stands out for me. He also challenged his young protégé to devote himself to the reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to encouraging others, and to teaching others by example. He told Timothy to be intentional. To move forward in faith. Grow in such a way that it impacts others ~
“Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” (1 Timothy 4:15).
It says “wholly” and to me, this means I’m to immerse myself in them. I read this and I wonder. What type of spiritual progress can be seen in my life? Am I setting an example in conduct … in speech … the way I behave, speak, react, respond and live? Do I set an example for others in the words I use; or in the ways I love? In my purity and my righteousness, do I reflect Jesus in these areas, and more importantly; am I growing in His image? I fear I have fallen short when I have spoken with doubt and with fear or uncertainty.
Yep, I’ve done it. God forbid I’ve caused anyone to stumble. It has made me reflect this day on what kind of example have I shown for any new believers that may have read my words or my posts and wondered, “where is her faith?”
These questions drive me to my knees. I’m forced to ask God to search me and know me – inside and out. I ask Him to show me the ways that I’ve grown and to show me the ways I still need to grow every single day. The progress I want to see in my life is not about height, but about a depth. Meaning simply, I don’t just desire to go higher, or farther; but rather deeper. I want there to be visible evidence of my faith in Jesus that doesn’t waver in the winds or crumble in the uncomfortable. Don’t you?
Though our faith is unseen, we know God knows our hearts and will not forget the things that we do by faith for Him (Hebrews 6:10). I do these things daily with my actions, yet, my speech has been giving another message. God help me; I’m sorry for any negative message that I might have given with displaying doubt, insecurities or worry…
We should therefore press on in progress and move forward in the hope, joy, love and peace of Christ so that others will be inspired to do the same. I so desire and desperately want to live in such a way that shows on the outside a faith that’s growing on the inside. Today, let us remember Apostle Paul’s words and find encouragement….
“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;
that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:12-21)
Dear Lord, Thank You for being so gracious, patient and compassionate with me. Thank You for loving me where I used to be – in spite of me – and for loving me where I am today, sometimes doubtful and insecure. Please forgive me for the times I try to move forward without You. Help me to prioritize progress and seek You continually so that others will clearly see You in me….
I look to You to provide everything I need to survive in this world. Help me to continue to walk in obedience as I trust in You with all of my heart. In Jesus’ name, I PRAY…. Amen.
God is with US ….
God is for US ….
God bless you ALL this day!