The Lord Provides
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” – Matt. 6:26
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Sometimes we forget to remember the things that are most important. No matter what we’re going through, though, God’s providence is a promise on which we can always rest assured. God provides for us. He always takes care of our needs.
God provides for our temporal, physical necessities. He’s given us every plant on the earth and animals as food (Gen. 1:29-30). He gives rain from heaven and fruitful seasons to satisfy the heart with food and happiness (Acts 14:17).
And He not only multiplies our food provisions, He increases the harvest of our righteousness (2 Co. 9:10).
God also provides in saving us from adversity. The psalmist knew just that when he penned, “I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me” (Ps. 118:5-6)?
“Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raised those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.” – Psalm 146:7-9
The Lord provides in turning evil or curses into blessings. Paul had an understanding of this and his circumstance, being imprisoned, when he wrote to the church at Philippi, “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out to the furtherance of the gospel […] For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Php. 1:12, 19).
And we remember Joseph and all that he endured because of the actions of his brothers (Gen. 39-50). Joseph told his brothers, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Gen. 50:20).
I’m so glad that the Lord provides. He provides us with food and clothing. He provides us with rescue in our adversities. He provides us blessings in the midst of evil and curses.
The Lord also provides us with salvation from our sins and a home in heaven with Him. All we have to do is obey Him: believe that Jesus is Lord, confess that to others, repent of our sins, be baptized for the forgiveness of our sins, and live a faithful life in service to Christ.
Whether we realize it or not, the Lord provides just what we need and just when we need it, because He knows all of our needs.
God certainly does provide.
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