When you wonder why God hasn’t provided more….

When you wonder why God hasn’t provided more….

One of the first words my son used regularly was “more”.  As a toddler, lots of the day revolved around food and snacks.  It sure was helpful as a parent when he could let me know when he was satisfied and when he wanted more.  Sometimes we ask God as our Heavenly Father for “more” and wonder when He doesn’t seem to answer our request.

Money is a touchy topic and I can’t presume to explain the “why” behind your particular situation.  We live in a imperfect world and many things impact our financial resources.  Just like anything else we experience God can take anything, even when it seems hopeless and turn it into something amazing.  It fact, it’s one of my favorite things about God and my favorite verse from the Bible.

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Eph 3:20 NLT

Another version of translates it as “exceedingly, abundantly beyond all we could ask or think”.  Abundant, blessings, rewards….aren’t those the words that come to mind when you think about God providing for you financially?  So what do we do when we feel discourage that God hasn’t provided more money?

Here are the truths about God and His provision that I go back to again and again.

1. We can’t control what we are entrusted with, only what we do with it.

God uses different names for Himself to help us better understand Him and how He wants to relate to us.  One of those names is Johovah-Jireh, meaning the God who provides.  Jesus told us that most important commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.  Working hard is our responsibility, but God is reminding us that ultimately, everything comes from Him.  He is the one responsible for providing resources and we are responsible for what we DO with it.

Employors, businesses, and even generous people around us are all funnels that God USES to give us resources, but they are not the source.  We will gain a perspective closer to God’s when we realize that everything truly comes from Him.  It is much easier to give a portion back to God as He instructs when we realize everything we own belongs to God and we are simply God’s managers.

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” Luke 16:10-11 NLT

 

2. Quantity doesn’t equal contentment, God working in us does.

The right amount of anything is very subjective.  In case you think you have the perfect amount figured out for your culture, step into another and the answer will have to be reworked.  If you have been a follower of Jesus for any length of time, you would probably agree that life isn’t about money or possessions for that matter.  However, if we could stop and analyze our time, attention and spending our lives could very easily tell another story.  Sometimes God blesses us with plenty, to show how capable and loving He is.  Sometimes he allows us to struggle so we will realize how much we need Him and His provision.  Sometimes God allows things we don’t understand and doesn’t give us a reason, only that He will be with us through it.  Ultimately God desires us to be content no matter the circumstance or provision because we can trust His presence with us and His provision for us, both in physical needs and spiritual ones.

“…for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.  I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.  For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Phil 4:11-13 NLT

 

3. God provides in different ways at different times.

I wound up in Dueteronomy one day while I was spending some time with God.  I have to be honest, that isn’t the first part of the Bible I normally turn to.  It was in chapter 8 and was recounting how God taught the Israelites different things while they were wondering in the dessert.  How He used the lack of food to teach them to depend on His provision.  It details all the different ways God provided for their every need including keeping their clothes and shoes from wearing out – for forty years!  It also details the next step in God’s plan for them which was bringing them to a land that would allow them to prosper.

In my own life sometimes God provides more money, but other times He has provided insight to live within the income He has already provided.  Both were His provision.  Sometimes it is easy to assume the place God has you now is where you will be forever.  It might even seem like forever right now.  The truth is that we don’t know what God has planned for us in the future, only that God will work it for good if we are faithful to follow Him through it.

      “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 NLT

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Sonia
    Jun 22, 2017

    Needed to hear this today!

    • Bonnie
      Jun 22, 2017

      Glad it was timely, thanks for sharing!

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