Wednesday, April 15, 2009

God's Provision For The Economy

by Donna L. Watkins

David wrote, "I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread" (Ps. 37:25). Has God ever failed you?

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That question will cause many of us pushing the Play button of the video images we have on when God has failed us. In our limited knowledge and view of the 'big picture' we often feel like God has forsaken us, but we are not looking in the right places for wisdom and discernment on events.

Joel 2:26 says, "You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your god, who has worked wonders for you." Why bother trying to figure it all out? Too often we're so busy working on our own solutions, that we don't have enough knee time in prayer to the One who has all of the answers. We get ourselves in such a tizzy trying to make it all just the way we want it, that we don't take our inheritance of provision seriously.

God tells us to "Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass" (Ps. 37:3-5).

Does that sound like what you do in the midst of troubles? It's sure not my first response, but it's what we are given as directions for life in our Owner's Manual, the Bible. Trust in God. Why is that so hard for humans? It's so intangible in a world so full of self-confident and "you can make-it-happen" mentalities.

We are told not to be anxious, to walk in faith and fellowship with the Master of the universe. Jesus told us not to worry about what to eat, drink and wear because God knows ALL that we need. Our business is to be to "seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness" and all of the basics and more will be given to us.

He's Jehovah Jireh! Abraham trusted and knew God as Jehovah Jireh, which means "God will provide." He was about to sacrifice his son and yet he knew that God would provide. He told his servants that he and his son would return. Faith. Trust. Not tangible solutions. But in a world that has been full of tangible illusions on what will make life good, happy and successful ..... well, I guess it's just time to give the intangible a try.

God will never let us down. We can't expect Him to take orders from us if and when it's not going to be good for us, so we don't always get what we think we want. Neither do our children. We know not all requests can be fulfilled because we have more wisdom and understanding of the bigger picture than our children do.

God is the ultimate parent, knowing all and seeing all. He's one we can trust. So .... when will you begin? Is life awful enough for you to give up and open up to the One who loves you more than you could love anybody in this world? In a down economy, we often come to the end of our own ideas and have to look to somebody wiser. Take the steps back to the Bible. It's not confusing and complicated, but you need to invest time in it, just like you invest time in all the other "solutions" you tried.

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
-- Hebrews 4:12

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