God’s Promises For Us: Provision and a Plan
In times such as these, it’s easy to fall into doubt, worry, or fear. When I hear my thoughts going to any of these patterns, I remind myself of God’s promises for each one of us. He is our provider and even when we don’t see how the numbers will add up, He finds a way to take care of us. He knows our needs before we do and (praise God!) He is continually faithful, even when we are not.
Do you find yourself struggling with trying to figure out every detail on your own? To balance the numbers and make it all work on your strength alone? If you answer yes to either of those questions, you sound just like me! Trying to figure out things on our own gives us a false sense of security and control; however, COVID-19 alone shows us that very little is in our control.
Sometimes, it takes an earthquake to crumble the false foundations of our lives. We’ve lived on them so long, we hardly know what it’s like without them. But when the structure is shaken, we begin to see what our foundation is made of: Jesus Christ and the Word of Truth or a false god, such as security, busyness, money, control, etc.
How can we find peace and security when earthquakes come? How can we rest during the storm? We can find each of these things and more by relying on the Word of God. Relying on the Word of God before the circumstance. Relying on the Word of God before our feelings. We need to let the Word of God be the captain of our ship before fear, emotions, and the circumstance in front of us.
In this blog, we are going to focus on the three promises of God referred to in the poem above. These promises refer to the plan God has for us and the provision only God provides. By meditating or memorizing the scriptures on God’s promises, we can think back to them when trials come. Instead of being beaten down by Satan’s lies, we can peace, freedom, and rest in God’s promises. We can stop the lies in their tracks and replace them with the truth of God’s word.
God’s Promises About His Provision
Our God is the best provider. He not only provides for our exact needs but beyond them. He knows what we need, even before we ask him. God knows what each of us needs spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially. Our heavenly Father loves us so much he wants to provide and fill each one of these needs.
Let’s look at what the scriptures say about God’s promises about providing for us,
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”Matthew 6:33
“For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.”Deuteronomy 2:7
“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”Matthew 6:26
In Matthew six, Jesus tells the story of the birds of the air. He starts by explaining how the birds do not plant, harvest, or store food in bards, for our heavenly Father feeds them. He challenges the listeners with a question, “And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”
This story is reinforcing two themes. First, it is commanding us not to worry. Jesus addresses the worries of the common man: what we will eat, what will we drink, what will we wear. These worries can be extended, but the general premise stands: It is not God’s will for you to worry.
Worrying can dominant the mind and gives us the illusion we are doing something about the problem. Worrying can also lead to mental illnesses and several physical illnesses. Stress, anxiety, and worrying can lead to heart disease, obesity, headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. Just like in the Old Testament when God gave the people the law to protect them, Jesus gave us the command to not worry to protect, help, and take care of us.
Secondly, the passage is telling us to focus on the present. The birds did not store the future, while this is not telling us to neglect our savings or retirement fund, it is telling us to not worry about the future. Worrying about the future becomes pointless when we realize that the future is not guaranteed and we do not know what it will hold.
Although, God does know what the future will hold. That is one of the reasons He is the ultimate provider: He knows what you need for the future, what you need now, and takes care of both. One way I cultivate thankfulness and trust in God’s provision is by reminding myself of the ways He has provided for me in the past. That way, when the circumstances don’t line up and worry arises, I can find peace and rest in knowing, just as He provided in the past, He will provide for the future.
God’s Promises of a Plan for our Lives
Before we were born, God had a purpose for our lives and a plan set apart for us. We are each uniquely gifted and skilled for what He has for us. The promise of our unique calling gives us hope that drives us to make the most of each day. Furthermore, it gives us the perseverance to keep running the race.
Let’s look at scriptures that refer to the plan God has for us,
“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—”1 Corinthians 2:9
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”Romans 8:28
“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”Psalms 139:16
If you doubt that our God is a planner, look back to the Bible. From the beginning of time, God had a plan for the Earth and made a way to restore it after it fell to sin. We can see the details of his plan in the Old Testament prophecies of the Savior that was going to come. When Jesus came, he fulfilled every one of these prophecies. The importance of this is how it reveals God’s planning nature and his faithfulness in fulfilling what He has planned.
As we meditate on God’s promise of a plan for our lives, we can refute any lies that tell us we are purposeless, there is no point in living, and that us being born was a mistake. These are painful, hard to swallow lies; yet, God provides freedom and hope in the truth of the Word.
We each have two callings in our lives. One which each one of us has: a calling to cultivate and deepen our relationship with God, our Father. The second which is our unique, individual calling. This calling could be to start a nonprofit, write books, be a doctor, be a businessman, and more, but the heart of each call is to glorify God and reflect God everywhere we are.
The Promise to Work ALL Things to Our Good
This verse has been one I’ve meditated on a lot lately. When I look at the news, I see increasing levels of sickness, unemployment, and death. Focusing on it can lead to a loss of hope, worry, and fear. Yet, this verse declares hope and a victory in every situation.
“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to his purpose.”Romans 8:28
I received a revelation regarding this verse and another passage of scripture. The passage of scripture was Acts 16: 16-36. This passage refers to the story of when Paul and Silas were thrown into jail. Paul and Silas were confined to jail because Paul cast out a fortune-telling spirit in a slave girl. He did not cast it out immediately but after she repeated: “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.”
Day after day, the girl repeated this statement until Paul got so frustrated he cast out the demon in the name of Jesus Christ. From there, the people who owned the girl threw Paul and Silas into jail. Yet, even in jail, Paul and Silas were ministering to the prisoners there by prayer and worship.
In the night an earthquake shook the prison which opened all the doors and dropped the chains of every prisoner. When the jailer woke up, he drew his sword to kill himself because he assumed all the prisoners had escaped. Yet, Paul stopped him and assured him they were all still here. Turning on the lights and trembling, the jailer fell before Paul and Silas and asked them what he must do to be saved. That night the jailer and his whole family were saved.
There is so much depth to this passage of scripture, but what stood out to me when I read it this time was how much good God brought out of this situation. It isn’t specifically stated if it was the Holy Spirit or Paul’s frustration that led to the demon being cast of that girl, but my guess is the former.
Even if it was an action based on a moment of anger, God was able to minister to the people in prison and save a man and his entire family. The importance of this is how it shows that God can bring good out of ANY situation to those who love Him. This is especially applicable when circumstances do not look inherently good.
When the waves of life are rising and our houses are being shaken, we can look to the Word of God for the truth and God’s promises for each one of us. Meditating and focusing on these truths renews our mind and keeps us from falling into worrying, fear, hopelessness, and doubt.
This post focuses on the primary promises of God,
- God’s promise to provide and why we need not worry.
- God’s promise that He has a plan for our lives.
- God’s promise to work all things for our good.
What did you receive from this blog? Peace? A deeper revelation? A new way to read the Bible? Let us know in the comments!