Saturday, June 30, 2012

God: The Excellent Provider.

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:" ... 2 Corinthians 9:8


So. In a wintry February of 2011 I lived on a farm which Grace had moved away from (and I hate being where Grace is not) and Tom was jobless, home 24/7, money was tight and Naomi lived upstairs in what had been my quiet time rooms so I had no special place of my own. Then my favorite cat, Lennon, died and I was more devastated than I told you. And  just weeks later, one of our dearest friends would die, as well as our other cat.

But at the height of all that, in the middle of my tears, I remember the moment when God whispered, "Oh Debra, I will make this up to you. I promise."

And oh... He has, He has. He gave me a house where Grace lives and a place for quiet and a job for Tom and two cats I adore and a huge river practically in my backyard and stores so close I can walk to them. And much more, for God does all things well.

Truly, God has done for me exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond all I can dare ask, hope or think. 

And I just want to tell you that what He has done for one, He will do for everyone. Everyone who will not sink under hopelessness. Everyone who will expect godly provision, not more disasters. Everyone who will use their words to pray instead of complain and who'll make right not-always-easy choices. Everyone who would rather die than accuse God of neglect or say that His word doesn't work in 2012. Everyone who will believe good and God are greater than evil doers. Everyone who will seek to love God with all their heart.

Must it all be done perfectly? Ha! Nothing we do is perfect. But it's more of a "pressing toward the mark" kind of thing--our aim is what matters. What are we aiming for? Our own way or God's?

Our God is an excellent Father who provides for His kids--and I don't care who tells you He doesn't. "Let God be true and every man a liar." And if you're having trouble believing that today, I hope you will search the Bible for every promise about God's amazing provision for His kids. Speak those promises aloud, accept them as truth, memorize them if you can. Write them on your heart and never, never let anybody steal them away from you. 

Hold onto those promises until you die.

God can fix any broken thing and make it even better than it used to be. He's just looking for people who will truly believe that in their hearts, hold onto it, even in the middle of very hard times.


"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"  ... Matthew 7:11

"Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes," says the Lord of hosts.

"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread."  ... Psalm 37:25

Want more verses about how God will take care of us? Go here.



Anonymous said...

Like all of us I too have some scary worrisome things happening in our lives right now. There is nothing I can do to change them much other than prayer and asking God to hold us up through it. He alone knows the way out and can make the way. Better to go do something good for another than to sit home and stew and worry.I have always loved the Bing Crosby song Count Your Blessings. 'When you're worried and cannot sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you'll fall asleep counting your blessings....." All of the song is special and true. You can count the mangy blessings God has already given you and never count them all. Many things I am sure we did not even know we escaped happening but we did through Him. He is constantly showering us with gifts. Just like we want the best for our children so God wants the best for his. Thank you Debra. Sarah

Anonymous said...

I forgot to add ...your side yard is sure looking prettier and prettier! Is that a Hosta plant up front? Sarah

Rosemary said...

I love this post...Debra.