As a child I never worried about how the house payment was going to be paid, or how the heat was going to stay on during the cold winter days. I turned on a light switch without wondering if the light bill had been paid. I didn’t think about the cost of food or how I was going to get my next meal. I trusted that it would be there the next time I needed food.
My parents weren’t rich by secular standards but they possessed something money couldn’t buy. With a lot of hard work, at times sheer grit and mostly a LOT of faith my childhood needs were always met. Food was on the table, I had nice clothes to wear, shoes on my feet and a roof over my head. There may not have been a lot of extras, but the basics were covered and then some. I never had a sleepless night wondering about how things were going to be paid for, it just happened.
Later in my life, I became a single parent (after a divorce) and looked at things from a whole new perspective. I suddenly became the “sole provider”, the “head of household”, the “if the bill is not paid it’s up to me to figure it out.” Through this experience I learned so much. My whole life I had been taught that God was my “Heavenly Father.” I got to experience this first hand. He truly was my provider and there was never a day when I was left in need. Was it easy? No! Was it hard at times? Yes! Was God my provider? Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! He took care of things when I didn’t know what to do or how the bills were going to be paid.
One day my washer went out and I didn’t know how to repair it. So I prayed. In the meantime I went to the laundromat and each time I put a load of clothes in, I said, “thank you God because you’re going to provide me with a new washer.” This went on for several weeks. And then my dryer went out. My son and I would go to the laundromat and make it an adventure. A co-worker heard about my situation and came in one day and told me a friend of his had a dryer he didn’t need and couldn’t keep. It had been in storage and was almost brand new. It had been wrapped in paper to keep it tidy. Guess what? They delivered it to me and said “no charge.” God provided me with a new dryer. Soon after that another friend heard about the washer and gave me an offering with enough money to buy a brand new washer. God was taking care of me. He is my provider.
When my refrigerator stopped working I prayed in faith and said, “thank you God for providing me with a new refrigerator.” Within a few weeks a friend heard about it and knew someone that was remodeling their kitchen. They didn’t like the color of their appliances and they had a refrigerator that worked perfectly; they were getting rid of it because they didn’t want that color. Guess what?! No charge. God provided a new refrigerator to me.
Living Under Divine Provision
God wants us to have child-like faith. If we could all think back to when we were kids, many of us never worried about HOW the food was going to be on the table or HOW we were going to keep the house warm, we just believed it was going to be taken care of. We had child-like faith in our parents and in the idea that things would just work out. Trusting God to provide is a very similar process.
I’ve mentioned examples that were about material items. But God isn’t limited to only providing material things; He can save, deliver and heal. I’ve seen Him heal people with terrible diseases. I’ve seen Him deliver people from addictions and save lives that had been filled with heartache, sin and pain. God can do anything! Let’s take a look at some of His promises regarding provision:
1. God knows our needs before we ask!
“For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:8)
2. Ask, seek, and knock. A good parent wants to make sure his child’s needs are met.
And He said unto them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, 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!” (Luke 11:5-13)
3. God not only wants to supply, but He shall supply our needs. That means everything is under control.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
4. God supplies our needs so that we can do what He has called us to do — so that we can serve Him out of our abundance.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (II Corinthians 9:8)
As adults and especially as single parents, we want to provide for our kids and sometimes it seems like an impossible situation. We see ourselves as sole providers and feel like we’re the only ones responsible for providing for our families. Can I stop you right there? With God NOTHING is impossible! You’re not alone in this. He is your Provider and He will provide. TRUST Him! Whatever you need, just thank Him in advance because He is able. No matter how big your problem is, God is bigger. Be encouraged. Whatever circumstance you’re facing, God is your Provider.