God Provides

In my last post, I talked about how we should give to others – things like love, forgiveness, and understanding. But what happens if we give something away that we need also? How can we be expected to love others unconditionally when we aren’t getting that love back? Or how can we have understanding for what others are going through when no one is giving us that same gift?

Just as I did last week, I want to tell you that as followers of Christ we are called to serve others in the ways they need (Mark 9:35). Even when it’s hard, even if you need the gift you are asked to give.

But I want to give you another truth that might make you feel a bit better: God provides.  

In my short 23 years of life, I have seen many different situations. I have had days where I wasn’t sure how my rent was going to be paid or if I was going to be able to stay in college; I’ve lived months without joy and strength. But I’ve also been surrounded by a buffer of comfort that lacked worry, and I’ve seen days filled with happiness and love. 

All this to say, my life has been a rollercoaster so far. And the one thing that I’ve learned through it all is that God will provide exactly what you need. No matter what my circumstances looked like, God came in and took care of me perfectly. He used my times of need to show Himself to me, to show me the goodness that lies in others. And he used my times of plenty to call me to serve others and praise Him. But those mixed, too. Sometimes when I felt like I had nothing, He pushed me to give to others. He reminded me of His promises and asked me to sacrifice when I felt I had nothing. And no matter what, whether I had little or plenty, He provided. He gave me comfort, peace, love, security – whatever I needed, He fulfilled.

And let me tell you, there were plenty of days when I felt empty. I couldn’t imagine possibly giving someone any piece of the world I had, be that understanding or time or money because I felt like I needed it more. I felt like I had to take care of myself before I took care of others. But God still called. He continued to ask me to give those precious things away. And not only did He provide for me during those times, but He showed me what He could do with someone who felt so broken. Following His callings to serve others meant that I helped people when they needed it and showed God’s love when others might not have seen it before. 

You see, God will provide. He has a plan, and if you are faithful and obedient you might get to see it played out. When you give to others the things you feel you need, when you give even when it feels like you have nothing left, you allow God the space in your life to step in and show you what He can do. You give yourself to Him, and let Him take control of the things that you cannot. And because we know that God is good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28), we can rest in the fact that we will be taken care of in the best way possible.

One last thing I want to leave with you is Philippians 4:19. In this verse, Paul is in prison writing to the Philippians about the gifts they had sent to him. He tells them, “my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” The Philippians, who probably had their own hardships and struggles, answered the calling of Mark 9:35. They reached out to him in faith and in love, and in return, Paul told them that God would take care of them.

I know it can be scary when life feels unsteady and you’re being asked to give everything you have to others. But be faithful and trust in the goodness, grace, and faithfulness of God. People like to say, “if He brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it,” and I think that’s true. If God is calling on you to do something for Him, He will sustain you through it.

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