The minister stood in front of the Springfield congregation. The scripture he read from Exodus spoke of the promise God made to the Israelites to provide food for their journey to the promised land. He continued with scripture from Deuteronomy telling how after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness their clothes and sandals had not worn out. God reminded them of His provision of food and water during the long period of growth for the twelve tribes.
It is easy to speak of God’s provision when you live in the U.S. and have an affluent life-style. The situation that escaped some of the congregation was that this minister was speaking from a lack of prosperity and is well acquainted with depending on the provision of God.
For this man the provision of God is not evident in the expensive house, car, and plenty of money in the bank. He is not even one of the many Americans who live month to month. He did at one time, but after being unemployed for over two years this last time and having exhausted unemployment benefits, they are living day to day.
The problem is not, there is to much month left at the end of the money, the question is where will the money for the next bill, the next bag of groceries or the next tank of gas come from. The retirement account is gone and the taxes need to be paid on money withdrawn last year. The mortgage has been modified, but each month the payment still must be made and there is not enough coming in to pay all the other bills. God’s provision is all there is to depend on.
This scenario is being repeated all over this country and much of the world. These stories are no longer isolated incidents. The man who once thought anyone could get a job, if he really wanted one, now knows that is not true. But God is still faithful and requires our faith in His provision even when that provision cannot be seen.
Where are you in depending on God? Is it something you say to other Christians, but put your hand out to anyone you meet so you don’t have to do the hard work of life? Provision does not mean a life of leisure and ease. God provided for the Israelites through hard work and tough times. The path to the promised land has many traps and enemies in the way. Let Him guide you to where He wants you to be.