Someone recently brought into question the statement, “The Lord will provide” and how it’s often said with a blind faith that negates worry. I too once thought this statement showed a lack of planning, a lack of motivation even. Now I see it differently. And, it got me thinking, do I really believe that? If I do, does that make me naive?
So, I did what I should always but don’t often do, I went to the scripture:
1. Gen 22:14 | So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Because Abraham had been faithful and obedient, God provided.
2. Matthew 6:31-32 | So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
He knows our needs, why should we worry? Instead we should say, if it’s needed, the Lord will provide.
3. 1 Peter 5:7 | Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
He always takes the burden; therefore, a worry-free stance is not a naive one.
4. Phil 4:19 | And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
He will supply every need. And our needs never exhaust His supply!
5. Matthew 7:11 | If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
He will provide good gifts if we ask, and declare that he is provider.
After turning to scripture, I decided to turn back to what God has done in my own life to provide.
- My husband. He gave me a man better than I could have written up for myself. He’s nearly flawless, I mean it. He’s brave. He’s supportive, fun-loving, always smiling and forever loving me better than I manage to love him. God outdid himself as my provider by giving me Dan Monaco.
- Lincoln, after a loss. He gave me my daughter, Lincoln Mae, after a painful loss of our 12 week pregnancy. And having her is a beautiful journey, I could go on and on on this one, or you can read about it here.
- Health. 2014-2015 was filled with health-scares for my husband and my son Finn. Looking back, they are both healthy and thriving and that is no small thing. The people I love are safe and healthy. He provides our health.
- Friendships. I recently moved to Northeast Indiana and away from family and friends at home (San Diego). I had my husband and some acquaintances, but no real, true, wear-no-make-up, cry-your-eyes-out, drink-too-much-wine-with-friends. And now I do. I’ve got great ones, ones that feel more like family and every day I’m making more. God blessed me hugely here. He provided ladies I really, really love.
- My work. I work, I raise my kids, I use my professional skill-set. I have opportunity. And, I do something I’m passionate about. Most of the population can’t check all these boxes at once. I can. (Don’t for one second think I’m bragging, this job falling into my lap was purely Him providing, and validating that our life-choices were aligning with his will for us. Provision.
- Security. When others fail me; he is a safe and secure place where I am loved.
- Family. After 5 years of marriage to the man I love, his family really feels like my own. I have gained a sister, a mom. In addition to my own wonderful parents and siblings, I have them too. And, it is the biggest blessing to have so much family in my corner, rooting for me and loving me well.
Yes, Lord, you do provide. I can say that boldly, knowing that it’s not naive, but truth. My past is proof. Your word is proof. Your character is proof. I pray everyone could know you as their provider, as I do.