Generous Provider

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Who was the provider in your family growing up—the breadwinner, so to speak? For my family, it’s basically always been my dad. I’m deeply appreciative, especially during my current stage of life as a young adult, for how willing he and my mom have been to help me however they can. Although I can’t fully support myself right now, I don’t worry about money because I can trust them to provide when I can’t.

I realize that not everyone can relate to this sentiment. Some of us have had parents who wouldn’t provide this kind of support—others have had parents who simply weren’t able to. However, we all have a heavenly father, who is able to provide whatever we need, and who deeply wants to. In short, we can trust God with our hearts and lives because he is a generous provider.

As Jesus says in Luke 11:11-13,

“You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

Just to be clear, these verses are referring to asking for the Holy Spirit—it’s not suggesting that if you were to ask to win the lottery, God would give that to you. I’m also not saying you should quit your day job and expect God to give you everything you need to coast through life. If I tried that with my parents, they would probably have some choice words for me.

But here’s the point I’m trying to make: while my parents are people of compassion and integrity, they’re still imperfect people. My dad’s not even a Christian. If fallible humans like them can be trusted to provide for their children, surely a perfect and loving God can be trusted to provide for his children. Therefore, we can trust God with our whole hearts, knowing that when we follow his will and guidance, he will generously provide all we need.

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6: 31, 33).

Questions:
Do you trust God to provide what you need (energy, time, money) when you need it?

How has he provided for you in the past? Have there been times when you felt he didn’t provide?

Where do you need God to provide right now?

Next Steps:
Consider the areas of your life where you struggle the most with trusting God. If you feel God has failed to provide in these areas in the past, discuss what happened with a trusted friend.

Ask God to provide wherever you need it most.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for being a God who provides, and provides generously. Thank you for being a God we can trust. Please help us to trust you with our whole hearts, following your will and living righteously. May your will be done in our lives. Amen.


This post was written by Payton Lechner. Payton Lechner is a college grad currently working at her local library. In her spare time, she volunteers as an ESL teacher and freelances as a writer and editor. Besides the English language, Payton loves swimming, cats, and a good cup of tea.


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