“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34)
I’m learning that God always provides for His children, but not always when we’d like Him to.
We’d like Him to do it well in advance of when we need it, because we don’t want to face the uncertainty. Because God doesn’t send us a memo that lays out exactly how and when He’s going to meet our needs, we often start doubting whether He’s going to come through at all.
But as you read through the Pentateuch, you’ll notice a pattern. God doesn’t generally give His people a month’s worth of provisions, or even a week’s worth for that matter, but rather, just enough for one day. The manna, their daily bread, would only last for a day before it would spoil (except for what was collected in preparation for the seventh-day Sabbath rest). Many centuries later, Jesus reiterated that principle in the Lord’s prayer. It’s not that God can’t provide more; it’s that He wants to teach us to trust and depend on Him on a moment-by-moment basis.
To test the people’s faith, sometimes He allowed them to feel hunger. “‘He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.'” (Deuteronomy 8:3)
When my parents had just gotten married, money was in very short supply. I had recently been born, my mom was still at home with me, and my dad was working in a warehouse. There came a point when we had no money and the $400 rent payment was due on our small apartment.
We had no earthly resources, but we did have a heavenly One. My parents brought the situation to God in prayer. We didn’t know how God would provide for us, but as it turned out, that didn’t matter. Just when we needed it, a check was slipped under our door.
Would you like to venture a guess at how much the check was for? Precisely $400 and zero cents. On the very day we needed it, He gave us our daily bread. (We still don’t know where the check came from.)
Before we even ask Him for help, God knows what our needs are (Matthew 6:8, 32), but we are still to ask (Luke 11:9).
“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” (1 John 3:21-22)
The message is this: be faithful to God, and He will be faithful to you.
“I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread.” (Psalms 37:25)
Dedicate yourself to being His child – He will not forsake you, either.