Guiding and Providing
We have all been there. At our wits end on what to do in a certain circumstance, with seemingly no coherent answer or way out. It is a struggle of body, mind, and soul. Maybe you are struggling financially, seeking a medical diagnosis, or even having family problems. Whatever the case, you so desperately want to find an answer. It is in times like these that we are to trust and lean on Christ even more.
Every so often, you will hear about a family or individual who lives life in total faith of God’s providence. Traveling around with mere dollars to their name and somehow, when they enter a tough position, the Lord provides. To most of us that lifestyle is beyond crazy. It’s one thing if that lifestyle is involuntary, but when it’s a lifestyle by choice, people begin to question you.
Renown evangelist, Charles Spurgeon once stated, “What a serene and quiet life might you lead if you would leave providing to the God of providence! With a little oil in the cruse, and a handful of meal in the barrel, Elijah outlived the famine, and you will do the same. If God cares for you, why need you care too? Can you trust Him for your soul, and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens, He has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! Have done with fretful care and leave all thy concerns in the hand of a gracious God.”
What an incredibly challenging and intimidating way to live! It may be peaceful living in God’s providence, but our head keeps us doubting the process. We want to believe we would have the faith for that serene, quiet life, but how many of us can say we are willing to live it out?
The Bible is a living testimony of the Providence of God. In Philippians 4:19 (ESV) Paul tells us, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Not only did Paul have faith to believe God would supply his own needs, but he reassured the people of Philippi that God would also supply their needs, according to His will. And He will do the same for our needs as well. Honestly, sometimes it may feel like our needs aren’t being met. With this, we need to take a step back and analyze our wants verses our needs. A lot of things in life we see as needs are merely just wants of the flesh; not in accordance with His will.
God has a direction, purpose, and calling for our lives that we must seek to follow. It is very simple. If we live life in a manor pleasing to God, He has promised to provide for our needs. When we start living life in a manor not pleasing to God, His provision begins to reflect that. In all of life, God is constantly guiding and providing for His children. Let us continue praising God for His providence in our lives!