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Friday, January 9, 2015

Learning That Only God Can Provide

In review of Romans 8:32 it says, “Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?”

Bottom Line:
God spares nothing, even his own Son for us, given this, won’t he also give us everything else we need?

What this means to me:
God spared nothing for me, he even went as far as providing his own Son to atone for my sins. Given this, he will freely provide anything else I really need.

A major cause of stress is worry. I tend to worry because I wonder if I will have what I need when I’m going to need it. One thing I’m learning is that anytime I expect others to meet my needs instead of God, I’m going to be frustrated and disappointed, because nobody can meet all of my needs. My real needs can only be met by God, so a cure for stress is to learn to look toward him to meet my needs.

I remember early in my Christian walk, one of the things God helped me realize was how I had wrapped myself up in my job and what I did for a living. I tended to attach a certain amount of security to is. Then he made some changes that shook this up and made me re-think this.

Another area of caution for me is putting any security in money I might have saved up.  The tendency for me is that when I have more saved up, I forget to ask God to provide. I tend to think I have money to cover it. Unfortunately there are a lot of ways to lose my money and quickly.

Therefore I’m learning that I should never put my security in anything that can be taken away from me. I can easily lose my job, health, reputation, spouse, and my mind. But one thing I can never lose is my relationship to Christ. When I learn to put my security in that promise, then I can be assured that I can trust God to meet all my needs.

Romans 8:32 reminds me, “Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?” (TLB)

If God loved me enough to send Jesus Christ to die on the cross, He’ll love me enough to take care of every other need I may have.

So, every time I start to get stressed out, I just need to pause and say, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1 ESV). God’s going to provide. He’s going to take care of me. So instead of stressing out, I need to look to him to meet all my needs.

I’m fortunate enough to have learned to go to God for the major needs in my life, however I often try to meet the smaller needs on my own. I need to learn to take all of my needs/concerns (large or small) to him, even stuff related to my job and work assignments.

As I reflect on everything going on in my life, I need God’s assistance with work organization structures and timing. I’m also about to take on an increased amount of responsibility. I could use God’s grace and wisdom to handle these.  At home, my wife and I have various projects to complete around the house in order to prepare for selling our house (in order to downsize.) We could use his assistance and blessings in this area as well.

I know if I ask and trust God; he will provide what I need and what is best for me. Overall I truly believe that God has a plan for me of what he wants to do through me. I need to make sure that I’m keeping an open mind and heart and a willingness to hear and see what he wants me to do.