When you are in the midst of financial difficulties, you can easily feel discouraged and experience momentary dejection. Many who are unemployed right now due to the worldwide shutdown may fear they’ll never find another job, but we need to remember this situation is temporary. Our hope is in God—He is our provider—in times like these we need to depend even more on His provision.
I want to give you a list of Bible verses where God promises to meet our needs. These promises have conditions, of course; they’re given to those who faithfully love and serve Him. They tell us that God will make a way and He will provide for His own.
These promises are reinforced by Bible stories teaching us how creatively and unfailingly God provides for us. When Israel needed bread in the wilderness, God sent manna from the heavenly bakeries. When water was scarce, the Lord provided rivers from a rock. When the widow’s pantry was exhausted, the Lord mysteriously replenished her flour and oil in 1 Kings 17. When Elijah needed food by the Brook Cherith, a squadron of ravens came bringing him bread and meat day and night. When Joseph and Mary needed emergency funds to flee to Egypt, the Magi arrived with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When Peter needed to pay his taxes, Jesus sent a coin in the mouth of a fish. When thousands needed nourishment in the meadows of Galilee, Jesus fed them with a boy’s lunch.
We have a God who has promised to meet our needs. If you’re anxious about how your needs are going to be met, let me offer some suggestions.
Trust the Lord in all things and for all things, even when you’re experiencing financial stress. He will take your tears and toil and leave you with a testimony like that of the psalmist: I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.
God is our provider, our comfort, our strength—place your hope and trust in Him!
Dr. Jeremiah is the founder and host of Turning Point for God and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California.
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