Trusting in God’s Provision
I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Psalm 81:10 (King James Version)

The Lord is the provider of all things that are good.  Yet many times people don’t turn to Him and seek His provision.  Instead, they try to meet their needs themselves and failing in the process.  Why do people refuse the goodness of the Lord?

There are two reasons I believe that cause people to not turn to God for their needs.  The first of these is a lack of trust in the Lord.  These people don’t believe that the Almighty would provide.  They may have asked for something from God and they didn’t receive it and as a result, God loses credibility in their sight and turn away from Him.

The second reason that people don’t accept the Lord’s provision is their own pride.  All people, including followers of Christ, have this tendency to believe that they know more about what they need than God does.  After all, it’s our life and who better to know our needs than ourselves?

For those who don’t trust in God to provide, their problem is that they don’t know the difference between a want and a need.  A need is a thing that’s essential to one’s survival; things like food, water, and shelter are needs.  A want on the other hand is an item that we would like to have, but it isn’t essential for our survival.

For example, all people need some kind of shelter, however that doesn’t mean we ask the Lord for the most luxurious house in the world, for we don’t need such a house in order to survive; it’s a want and not a need.  The Lord is indeed the provider of all that we need and when we pray for them, He will give it generously.  The provisions He gives may not be what we want, but they are adequate for our survival.

As for those who believe that they know better than God about meeting their needs, I must ask this question: Do you really know what you need?  We may anticipate what we need, trying to guess what the future will hold.  Unfortunately, none of us have any idea what tomorrow will look like.

Let’s consider this example.  A young man landed a very good paying job fresh out of college, but he needs a car to commute to work.  He goes to the car dealership and sees many cars that he can afford out right, but his heart is drawn to the shiny car that is beyond his price range.  However, he says to himself, “I can afford this car.  I can make the payments with this new job I have.  I need this car!”  Some time later, the young man loses his high paying job, and now that beautiful car that he thought he needed has become a burden; if only he chose one of the cars that he could afford.

We fail many times in predicting the future and as a result, fail to figure out what we really need.  However the Lord God, when it comes to providing for our future, never fails.  That is because He knows our destiny, for He was the One who determined it.  He knows the challenges and obstacles that we’ll face and what we will need in order to endure them.

Let’s think about the words of God in Psalm 81:10.  The Lord promises to His people that if they only ask , He will provide for them.  Why should we trust that God will deliver?

In the Psalm, the Almighty reminds His people Israel of the time when He provided freedom from their bondage in the land of Egypt.  When we think about all those times in the past when God pulled through for us, then we should have no doubt that He will meet our needs in the future.  With that in mind, let’s make our petitions to God and He will answer.  He may not satisfy our wants, but I will trust Him to meet my needs.

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