What We All Need To Know About God’s Provision

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We were shocked. We were scared. My husband had expanded his trucking business just seven months earlier by taking on two new contracts. And now, the contracting company had decided to restructure and take away the most secure of his contracts. 

It was supposed to be a sure thing. We had invested in trucks, employees, tons of time and energy, and lots of money.  But on that day it looked like it all might collapse. God’s provision seemed like a wish that couldn’t possibly come true, and we felt crushed. 

I balanced and re-balanced the business budget over the next few weeks, as we laid off workers, canceled insurances, and tried to keep ahead of the expenses. And we prayed. 

Our Amazing Story Of God’s Provision

We had been praying hard, actually, for seven months, as taking over the two new contracts had not been as easy as it should have been. It seemed that whatever could go wrong, had gone wrong, including my husband getting hurt and being hospitalized in a trauma unit. 

We had made a list of our many problems several months earlier and had seen God act as we handed over those problems to Him in faith. He had worked them out in awesome ways. And we were so thankful. 

So, when this happened, we were totally taken by surprise. We prayed, “Why, God, would you get us through all of that just to take it away?”

We never got the answer to that question, but I can tell you that He just continued the miracles. Although the budget wasn’t balancing on paper, we never were short at any time. 

There was enough money to pay the bills and pay our employees and ourselves and we still can’t explain why. There just was. God provided. And we still marvel over it and give Him all of the credit for the whole experience. 

God’s Provision Meaning

You see, God does what He says He will do. He is the giver of good gifts, and He says many times in the Scriptures that He will provide for us if we will only trust Him. Brian and I learned that even (and especially) when everything around us is falling apart, God’s promises are true and His provision is totally secure. 

We can count on Him to be our strength and our rock and to supply us with everything that we need, just at the right time, that is, His right time. 

The actual Hebrew name for the God Who Provides is Jehovah Jireh, and in Hebrew, the name means “The Lord Will Provide”. 

When God provided the sacrifice that saved Abraham’s son’s life, Abraham called that very place by this name in Genesis 22:14: “And Abraham named that place ‘The Lord Will Provide’, as it is said to this day, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” (NASB)

This mountain was the place where God had instructed Abraham to take his only son, Isaac, and sacrifice him as a burnt offering to the Lord. Abraham trusted the Lord to provide a sacrifice in place of Isaac or to bring his son back from the dead. 

Abraham proceeded with obedience to prepare Isaac for the sacrifice and at the very moment that he was actually going to follow through, God did provide. He sent an angel to stop Abraham from killing his son. 

And when Abraham looked into the woods where the angel said to look, there was a ram caught in the bushes, ready to be the sacrifice. God provided a proper sacrifice for Abraham and spared Isaac. Jehovah Jireh – Yaweh Will Provide. 

God followed through, alright – all the way through to providing His own son, Jesus, for the ultimate sacrifice many years later. 

As was His plan all along, this event in Genesis took place on the very mountain where the Son of God gave Himself for the sins of all mankind. But this time there was no angel to stop it and no goat in the woods. 

We all desperately needed and still do need that ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, taking away the sins of His people, and providing the perfect gift of eternal life. 

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Bible Verses About God’s Promises Of Provision

From cover to cover the Bible tells us amazing stories of God’s provision for His people. When we trust Him with our very lives, we can believe that He will do for us more than we could ever think up. 

Job 38:41

Who provides the raven’s food when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food? (CSB)

God provides for the need of even the birds, so why would we ever doubt His ability to provide for us?

Psalm 18:35-36

You have given me the shield of your salvation; your right hand upholds me, and your humility exalts me. You make a spacious place beneath me for my steps, and my ankles do not give way. 

Our strength comes entirely from God, and because of Him, we are stronger than we know. No matter what hard place we are working from, He’s got it. Read it again, this time from the Message Bible – “You cleared the ground under me so my footing was firm.” 

Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need. 

This Psalm of David assures us that we can relax and be at peace knowing that the One who owns everything will be giving us peace, protection, and provision in our times of need. 

Psalm 65:9

You visit the earth and water it abundantly, enriching it greatly. God’s stream is filled with water, for you prepare the earth in this way, providing people with grain. 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never not rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.” (GNT)

When we trust completely in the Lord, we must let go of our own understanding of the problem through past personal experiences. God knows the complexity and He has a simpler way of working it out. He really will show you the right way. 

Matthew 6:26

If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds. (MSG)

The Scriptures reminds us that God cares for the fowls of the air and the lilies of the field. They are not asking for anything or struggling with trusting Him, yet he still cares for them. 

Luke 12:24

Consider the ravens: they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds? 

Romans 8:31

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (NLT)

Our human nature is to see the problems that are looming over us as huge and unsolvable. But what we often fail to picture is the Deity of God. He is God, and He is bigger than any enemy or an issue, no matter the situation. 

1 Corinthians 2:9

What no one ever saw or heard, what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God prepared for those who love him. (GNT)

I love this one! It is totally beyond our imaginations, what God has prepared for His children. You may be going through a seemingly impossibly tough time, but God knows how He is going to bring you through, and it is very likely nothing you ever imagined as a possibility. 

Philippians 4:19

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  (NLT)

Ephesians 3:20-21

With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen. (NCV)

​The ways we see things and the way the Lord sees things are from two different perspectives. We see things in the present, but He sees everything past, present, and future. He has so much more to work with! 

Relying On God’s Provision

So, how to have as much faith as Abraham had? How to trust God when everything that’s happening to you seems bad and all you can focus on is what’s wrong? Can we really trust that He will provide for all of our daily needs? 

I can’t even count how many times I’ve tried to solve my own problems, turning to God only when I was unsuccessful, as a last resort. That is not how to rely on God’s promise of provision. 

Here is a short list of things to do when you are in need of help from God:

  1. Write out a list of all of the problems you are facing (even if it’s pages long). 
  2. Give it to God. Pray through your list, out loud if possible. 
  3. Let Him know that even though you have your own ideas of how it should work out, you are letting go and giving Him free rein in your life. 
  4. Praise Him for who you know Him to be.
  5. Praise Him for what He has already done for you in other times of need.
  6. Praise Him for how He will work out this situation. 
  7. Whenever you think of your problem, remind yourself that God’s love is ever present and He is far bigger than any earthly problems. 
  8. Repeat steps 2-7 until you are at peace and resting in Him. 

Once you’ve done all of these things, you can rest easy, knowing and trusting that you’ve done all you can, allowing peace to surround you as you await God’s work. 

God is not our last resort. He is our first line of defense. 

He parted the Red Sea for the people of Israel. He provided manna for the entire 40 years that the Israelites spent wandering. He feeds the young lions in the wilderness. He made a living for a widow out of a jar of flour and a jug of oil. He heals physical needs and provides daily bread in good measure. 

To read about God’s provision of rest, read What Does The Bible Say About Keeping The Sabbath Day.

Is your heart anchored in Him and fully trusting that He will do more than you can ask or imagine? If so, you can rest in perfect peace knowing that however He chooses to provide in your situation will be for your good and His glory. 

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