It’s early in the day and it’s already been a busy one! Emails and postings, texts and phone calls are coming in and going out at an unbelievable rate.
Each one has contained a prayer request, an updating of a need or just the expression of concern and an awareness of the needs of others. I just mentioned to a friend that I had been sitting in my chair thanking God for all of His provisions…and being aware of how very different they look for all of us this morning.
- My husband is taking a 3-hour exam this morning—one he’s spent months preparing to take.
- A friend’s husband is in the hospital and waiting on the doctors to find out what’s going on and why.
- Another friend’s family is under attack from someone who means to cause them harm.
- One friend is looking forward to an upcoming job change and a move to go with it.
- A high-school classmate is facing cancer.
- A family I love is facing relationship and legal issues.
- We have friends and family who are starting their vacations today and they’ll be traveling.
- A friend’s brother is in need of healing after attempting to end his life.
The list goes on and on. Both the joys and the sorrows are real. The questions are different in each and every case…and yet…the answer is still the same: God.
He’s the One we’re all reaching for today. He’s the One we’re trusting in for all these different provisions. No matter what we face, He will be enough. Actually, He’ll be more than enough.
How do I know? Well, I could say “experience” or I could say “I have faith and I’m hoping for the best!” Both of those answers would be accurate, but the real reason I can say that is this: My God is so much into providing that it’s one of His names!
Jehovah Jireh. It means “the God Who Sees.” It means “the God Who Provides.” It means “The God who sees what we need and provides it even before we’re aware our need of it!” It means that He has a plan. For each of us–individually and collectively. It means that He’s in control. It means that we can rest…even when facing all of these situations that feel so wrong and uncomfortable for us.
No matter what you’re facing today, you can count on Him, too. He wants you to do just that. It isn’t a panacea and it isn’t a crutch. It’s the safest, most sane thing you can do for yourself. Trust Him. He’s got it all figured out.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Addendum: Incidentally, He can even help those who have been so busy preparing for Thursdays that they mistakenly wished everyone a Happy Thursday in their posting…for Wednesday! Oops! (Smile!)