Does God really provide for our true needs?
I just took a position as the Community Liaison for my church. It is a perfect fit as I have been through a wide variety of difficult life situations that those struggling in our community are faced with. I relate.
While working on a needs assessment template this morning a thought crossed my mind:
What do the verses in the Bible, about God providing, sound like to those who struggle to get their daily needs met? Here are some of them…
2 Corinthians 9:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
Luke 12:22-34 New Living Translation (NLT)
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Matthew 6:30-34 New Living Translation (NLT)
30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
There are more but you get the idea.
So what do you think?
The Bible says that God will provide for all our NEEDS. Yet, so many do not have that kind of stability. How do you, personally, make sense of it all?
I currently live well below the poverty line in the United States. That still makes me rich compared to other countries. I understand this and it helps me be grateful for all I do have. I have been homeless and I have had to get food from soup kitchens and food banks or go without. I have my own theology on this.
But I want to know your take on it… when there are a multitude of people struggling to just get 1 meal everyday…let alone stable housing beyond a 30 day shelter or tent by the railroad tracks.
Please share your thoughts and opinions regardless of your spiritual beliefs.
Until Next Time~