For most of us, the struggle is the same; how can I earn enough to pay my bills, my debts, buy groceries, pay for the kids’ needs, get the right size home, have a reliable vehicle, save for retirement…
These are all valid concerns, but worrying about these will only lead to stress and anxiety. God wants you to know that He is a great provider, and if you give Him a chance, He will take all this worry and stress and turn it into peace and relaxation for your soul.
God has been providing for His people since the beginning. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had food all around them; and, let’s not forget the Manna that was provided daily for all the people who Moses was leading to the promised land.
God will provide for you, but you have to give your trust to Him; you have to be willing to bring all your concerns and worries to God, and leave it in His hands. Since this is faith-based, it helps grow your faith, too. Growing your faith in God is always a good thing, right?
My wife and I are trusting God, and so far, He hasn’t let us down. This is why I can confidently tell others that these Scriptures are true. These verses don’t promise opulence and affluence, but that God will meet all your needs. And, if every need you have is met, then what is left?
I want to also say that the devil, Satan, will always work to make you think that there’s more to life; that something is missing. He will make you focus on money so much that you develop a disconnect with God. God won’t tolerate a divided heart, and He warns us not to love money. Satan knows this. So, he works hard to show you all the things you don’t have, while taking your focus off all the things you do have.
If you want to experience the fullness of God’s promises in your life, I encourage you to learn to simplify your life. First thing to get rid of is Satan and his useless thoughts. Next, learn to focus on God and to spend time each day giving thanks for what you do have. You will find very quickly that with God, you do have all you truly need.
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5 Promises from God that He will provide for your needs
In this article, I want to share 5 verses that show that God provides and that He won’t leave you hanging. These Scriptures don’t promise great financial wealth, although that could be God’s intention for your life in particular, but they do show that God is concerned with the needs of His children.
There are far more verses that could be added to this, as God has many promises of provision throughout the bible. Check out these verses for now and later, do your own further bible study on His provision and providence. You will see that God is good and that He does care. It’s the devil who will put thoughts in your mind to make you believe that God isn’t sufficient, and that you are living in lack. If you are fed, clothed, sheltered, warm, and safe, you are being looked after. Anything else moves into the category of luxury.
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Here are the five verses I’ve chosen:
“Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, ‘That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!’”
When God created us in our mother’s womb, He also had a plan to provide for us.
There is nothing in creation that is missing what it needs for survival. All of creation has food to eat and water to drink. Even the trees and plants receive life-giving water. Humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide; plants “breathe” in carbon dioxide and “breathe” out oxygen in synergy. What’s interesting is that humans are the only one’s who worry about their daily needs.
Again, this is Satan who is working in people to cause them to think that they need to take up God’s slack and do it themselves. If you develop this kind of pride in your life, God will surely leave you to it, and you will have to fend for yourself. If you fall short, you may go hungry. Don’t listen to the lies of the devil. Go to God and put your full trust in Him who created you, as He will supply all your needs, just as He does for all of His creation.
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
We have taken this life from its original intention of living for God and have made it all about living for self. God literally hates this. His intention was that we would love one another and worship Him. Again, I am going to blame the enemy here in twisting God’s creation from something beautiful into chaos, stress and worry.
However, without the temptations and thoughts from Satan, would people think to do wrong or to worry or to stress out? Do birds get thoughts of discouragement? Do ants sit around depressed that food doesn’t come easily to them?
Jesus had nothing to speak of during His ministry on earth. He went about teaching the Word of God for about three years, and in this time, He didn’t starve, wasn’t eaten by animals, and didn’t seem to complain that his clothes were outdated. God took care of Him; not just because Jesus was in fact, God in human form, but because of His faith.
It’s the same for you; if you are a child of God, He will provide for your needs. The bible teaches that when you receive Jesus, that you receive the Holy Spirit. This is God’s Spirit that comes and lives in you, and this is a forever thing. The Spirit of God is many things; one being, faithfulness. If you have the power of God in you through His Spirit, then you have the faith of God in you, too.
This means that, just like Jesus, through faith, there is nothing that the Father won’t do for you, too.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Part of God providing for you is by the grace of God; that He chooses to provide for you as part of His creation. The other part is by you actively seeking Him and putting your faith in Him. I believe that this is what separates Him from just simply providing to going over and above in provision.
The enemy can make me look at my finances and I can say that I don’t have this or that, and I can even get into a slump or depression if I focus on what I don’t have for long enough. But in reality, even though there are some luxuries that I don’t have, I have far more than just my needs met.
God has given me and my family more than just food and clothes and shelter; He has given us comfort and freedom and friends and the ability to go out and enjoy nature and to get exercise and play games. I can choose to make good use of my life, and my freedoms, or I can sit and complain and get depressed because I don’t live in a huge house or drive an expensive car or have a yacht.
I am still learning to put God first in my life. Each morning when I wake up, I have to tell the devil to beat it in the Name of Jesus and then make a choice to turn to God with an attitude of gratitude. Some days I surely don’t feel like doing this, but when I do it anyway, the feeling passes quickly. As soon as I start thanking the Lord for all I have and claiming the day as a blessing instead of worrying about what’s to come, He puts peace and joy in my heart.
God wants us to seek Him first. He wants us to seek all our needs and desires through His provision, and not of our own doing.
His promise is that when you seek Him first, and live like you want to follow Him, that He will give you all you need.
Malachi 3:10 ESV
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
I know that tithes are a controversial topic; either you are for it or against it. I hope you will hear me through on this, especially since I have nothing to gain. I do not collect the tithes from anyone through this blog or anywhere else. But my wife and I do tithe to our local church, and we have done so for the twenty-plus years we’ve been married.
Tithing has been around since the book of Genesis, and even in the New Testament, in Mathew 23:23 NLT, Jesus tells us that “You should tithe.” God can surely provide for His church without your money, but you are passing on your own blessing by doing this.
If you look at God as the one who provides all your needs, then you would see Him as the one who provides your income, too. God doesn’t ask for 90% and let us keep 10%; He only asks for the very first 10%, and we can do whatever we wish with the remaining amount, but we are expected to be good stewards with our money. If you ask anyone who is a faithful tither, they will surely tell you that God will stretch that 90% further then you can stretch 100% on your own, and that He’s faithful to do this every time. Both my wife and I would say the same.
I like this version of this verse because it says that He will give a blessing until there is no more need. I like it because it shows that it’s not promising that it is an open faucet that just keeps dumping out goods, but that He gives until the needs are met. The reason I like it is because too many people have made this verse to mean that if you tithe, that God will pour out wealth in unlimited amounts. This is deceiving, because when you tithe for more than twenty years and God doesn’t make you rich, you will get discouraged.
This verse lines us up to see that God will provide an abundance until our needs are met. He might go over and above, but that’s not the promise in this verse.
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
Okay, so as we saw that tithing is pleasing to God and that by faithfully giving Him your first-fruits with your money that He will provide for your needs, this verse is where God is willing to go over and above simple needs.
There are many people who will attest that you can’t out-give God. That is what this verse is saying. It’s like a challenge from God, Himself. It’s like He’s saying, “Just try to give more than Me and see that you won’t win.”
God is all about generosity; remember, He gave up His own Son to die for our sins while we were still sinners, right? So, it only makes sense that God would want us to be generous, too. When we give to others through the kindness of our heart, and without a motive for personal gain, this pleases God. And, just like any loving father, when God is moved by our authentic kindness and genuine love for others, He can’t help but bless us.
If you try to give to get, you will be left disappointed. Giving should be the gift you receive all by itself. Seeing the joy in those living in lack, who receive your gift, should move you in emotion more than receiving your money back. God gives some people an abundance of finances and “stuff,” not to hoard, but to share with those who are less fortunate.
Again, God doesn’t need your money or things; He can supply those in lack by any means He chooses. But this verse above is trying to say that there is a blessing for those who bless others.
God might help you focus on Him if you won’t choose to do it yourself
Oh, and if money is a problem for you, God will take it out of the picture so that you can focus on Him more clearly.
This is exactly what He did for me four years ago when money was my only drive in life. I made a lot of money at my job and put God on the back-burner. But then I got laid off and in four years, have not recovered. Nobody would accept my resumes and even when I tried to start my own businesses, nobody would use my services. But God has kept my family with all our needs provided for this whole time, and through this, I am learning to rely and trust God for all we have. He has not let us down.
Through this whole time, He maintained my wife’s job and we have continued to tithe. We still need to work on our giving over and above our tithing, but we have seen God’s faithfulness to provide because of our faithfulness to tithe on the first 10% of all income we receive. Satan still puts thoughts of lack of finances in my head, but I am learning to shut him down and kick him out before I get discouraged.
I am learning that when God wants to bless me with an income again, He will. But for now, He’s saying, “Don’t worry about it; I will provide for all your needs!”
If you have been struggling to manage life and finances and have been worrying and stressing about what’s going to happen or where things will come from, I encourage you to turn to God. Even if you have all that you need and make a great living in your career, I encourage you to turn to God and see Him as the one who provides.
God is great and He is able to do far more in our lives than we might think or imagine. I am only getting started with writing as a career, and I feel that in due time, He will show me His glory in my finances through the material I write. But for now, my faith and confidence are being built as I see Him repeatedly provide for us month after month when our written budget says that it doesn’t add up.
God doesn’t operate based on our budget; He operates based on our faith. If you believe God will provide all your needs, He will. The only way you will find this out is to test God on it; we’re not to make a habit of testing God, but when it comes to His promises to us, He can handle it.
If you haven’t tried putting your faith in Jesus or haven’t tried trusting Him with your life and family and finances, I encourage you to do so today. It’s a journey, but it’s full of adventure and excitement. It’s up to you.
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can follow this link (Prayer for Salvation) to find out how. Also, if you need prayer for your life or your family, feel free to fill out a private prayer request in the provided prayer box in this article. My wife and I would love to pray for you.