In my early thirties I was very confused where my provision truly came from. I was working several jobs, owned a business, and had political aspirations. I felt secure in my ability to provide for my family. In other words, like Lot in Genesis 13:10, I had taken my eyes off God and had placed them on the world. Then in 2009 the bottom dropped out. My business tanked, we nearly lost our home, our savings and retirement were depleted, and our finances nose-dived. So much for relying on the world!
As everything I had worked so hard to accomplish began to quickly unravel all around me, I found myself on my face before the Lord. As those quiet times alone with my Savior became more frequent, and as I literally let go of my trust in the world system around me and placed my trust squarely on Him, the truth of my error was revealed. I realized that in my personal aspirations and ambition, I had failed to submit to God for guidance and provision. Instead, I had looked to the world and my own abilities. It was an enormous, prideful mistake on my part, but the Lord redeemed it to teach me a priceless lesson!
The truth is that ALL our provision comes from God; therefore, we don’t need to strive in the flesh and stress out. In fact, in Matthew chapter 6, Jesus says in verse 25, “Do not worry about your life.” In verse 31 He states, “Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’” And finally, in verse 34 He says, “Do not worry about tomorrow.” Three times between verses 25 and 34 the Lord exhorts us not to worry about where our provision comes from. Listen, everything Jesus says is important for us to hear and obey, but when He repeats Himself, we need to pay extra special attention!
When my children were young, they never wondered whether or not I would feed, shelter, or clothe them — they knew I would. They had faith in me. Yet, I’m an imperfect father at best. On the other hand, our heavenly Father is perfect and He loves us perfectly; therefore, He will provide for us perfectly as well. Remember, James 1:17 states, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father.” God is the One who meets our needs, not a job or another person, and certainly not ourselves. It’s all God!
Of course, we should work hard to honor God with our talents, abilities, and gifts, we need to bring Him glory at our school, job, and volunteer service, and it’s important to work hard toward accomplishing godly goals and dreams, but at the end of the day our ultimate focus should be on Jesus! Let’s put our focus where it belongs, not on the passing things of this world, but on eternity, and with childlike faith let’s trust our Father to do what He does best!