Genesis 45:5; Psalm 23:1; Philippians 4:19
With all of the grim news that is flooding the air ways these days, I felt compelled to remind us all of God’s provisional care. After God created the heavens and earth He did not abandon His world to run on its own, rather He remains actively involved in His people’s lives and care. Neither can God be looked upon as some masterful watch maker who winds up his clock and leaves it until it runs down; instead our heavenly father tenderly cares for our every need.
If we look at the term provisional it means that God cares for everything that He created which includes humanity both saved and unsaved. With that being said, then in spite of our current economical situation and the distressing news there is hope in knowing that the God of all creation is going to see us through these tough times. Reflect with me for a moment when Jesus reminded us in Matthews 6:26-30 that the “lilies of the fields toils not’, or the birds in the air worry about where they will get their food and the balance of nature remains intact. Are we (mankind) less that plants and animals? I think not! Allow me to direct our attention to some scriptures for reassurances that God is going to supply all our needs “according to His riches in glory which is by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Also note Psalm 23:1 which states “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” This means that whatever man’s needs are He will supply, but we must trust God to supply our needs. Psalms 104 and 145 testify of God’s goodness in providing for His creations. However, in our humaneness when our lives are not operating as a well oiled machine, we tend to worry or become anxious about the situation, but God asks us to cast “all of our cares upon Him” (1 Peter 5:7).
In God’s divine wisdom He knew that there were going to be times when humanity would experience suffering, but this is not to say that things are out of God’s control, He allows suffering under His permissive will and there could be numerous reasons for man’s suffering. Sometimes these experiences raise questions about the reality of evil and its place in God’s plan as it has no place in His plan. Several months ago I wrote an article title “How do we heal our land?”(2 Chronicles 7:14), and it appeared in the Informer magazine and is on my website, as it dealt with four things man must to do then God will do three. God is asking His people to (a) humble themselves, (b) pray, (c) seek, and (d) turn, then God is going to (a) hear, (b) forgive, and (d) heal.
Many times God allows suffering is to carry out His will and or to accomplish His redemptive purposes. With that being said, the crises we are facing there is a lesson to be learned and recognize God as the true source of our blessing.
God is going to see us through these crises because of His love and provisional care.
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