Meeting Needs

Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (Matthew 6:26).

Time and again all throughout scripture, God promises us that He will take care of us. Matthew six makes specific references to food, water and clothing. Yet the context of scripture indicates that it is God who meets all of your needs. Philippians 4:19 tells us "But my God shall supply all of your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
We have a difficult time remembering that He supplies for the things mentioned in Matthew six, let alone everything else. For some odd reason, we think that by our abilities we get a job. And that by our work, we earn an income. And that by our income, we are able to have food to eat, clothing to wear and a house to live in. We take the responsibility to provide for our families seriously and believe that since working is what God expects of us, then His expectation is as far as He goes with us. Sure, we say God gives us this or that, but underneath it all we often feel it is us who has provided these things. This must be so, otherwise we wouldn't worry so much when we find ourselves out of work. Who we trust shines through when we are unemployed. We pray and everything, but we then scramble for classified adds and job applications--ready to take just about anything that means a steady paycheck.
Such situations are difficult to be sure, but they can be a lot easier to endure when we stop putting our trust in what we can do to provide and start looking to see what God has provided us to do.

He Knows

When things are not as clear,
as we thought that they might be.
And our not so distant future's filled,
with great uncertainty.
It's then I need to cling to God,
more fervent than before.
And seek an open window,
when it seems He's shut the door.
For I know there are more avenues,
than I can sometimes see.
And God will never close the door,
to just abandon me.
At times my way of thinking,
doesn't match His way divine.
Or things I seek do not fall in,
His way, His place, or time.
So now I must determine,
to let go of it all.
And know that God is faithful,
to make the judgment call.
He knows the road ahead of me,
contains some rocks and weeds.
And He alone knows what it takes,
to fill all of my needs.

God knows our needs, but He needs to know we trust Him to meet those needs. If we do trust Him with the faith of a child, then we can rest worry free in the interim.

". . .God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.' So we say in confidence, 'The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. . ." (Heb. 13:5-6).

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