“I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.” Psalm 132:15 (NKJV) “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)
What comfort there is in knowing that our God will provide for our every need!! It is a safety net I gladly accept. He will feed the poor and help us through every adversity. We merely need to pray and wait for Him to work. Answered prayers are answered in His time and in His way. Therefore, we must have faith and trust He will provide. It is a promise!
Paul writes in Philippians 4:11 that contentment occurs when we learn to be satisfied with every situation and circumstance. How is it then that God promises to provide for our needs and yet Paul speaks of being hungry? God provided many trials for Paul to test his faith and love for Him. God’s provision was a supernatural strength that enabled Paul to withstand the hardships.
If you are experiencing financial hardship, there will be provision. He will feed you and clothe you. He may be putting you through a test of humility, but there is the encouragement that says humility comes before honor.
During my recent medical trial, I lost my job, house, and health insurance. Faithfully, God provided for my every need. I had to do my homework but I qualified for a medical assistance program called Prescription Hope. Having this need met provided me with a greater hope for my future. They have paid for my insulin, a very expensive drug but necessary for diabetics. The Lord has also provided jobs for me, and a house with a mortgage I can afford.
When we are in the middle of a trial and issues are whipping around us like debris in a tornado, it is hard to calm our anxieties. Even so, make an effort to breathe and ask God to quiet your anxious thoughts. When you can take even a minute to petition the Father, help is on the way.
The enemy wants to use the chaos and fear to devastate you, so fight back!! The children of God are not to me lukewarm. Put on the armor of Christ so that you can be Christ minded and identify the lies of the enemy. Ephesians 6:10 commands us to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” The word STAND is written four times in verses 6:11-14 of Ephesians. When a word is repeated that many times we ought to make a note of it and do what it commands.
I urge you to stand against your worries and frets today. I encourage you to stand on the promises of God, including the one stating He will provide for you needs and give you strength. No adversity or test is sent your way that cannot be overcome with the provisions of your Father.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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.” Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
“Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?” Luke 12:25 (NKJV)
“Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you’” Hebrews 13:5 (NAS)
About the Author:
Cheryl Zelenka is a retired teacher, author, single mom, and brain tumor survivor. Her passion to encourage others with the Word of God is why she writes her Christian Encouragement blog, Facing Trials. She also writes devotionals for The Vine of Life News. Her first book, Facing Trials: Thoughts For Meditation will be available on Amazon in September. Her second book is a unique Bible Study called Divine Interruptions. Using the book of Job, Cheryl intertwines her struggle recovering from a brain tumor to his trial and the lessons he learned. You can find her on the web at http://facingtrials.com