God Provides?

So God provides….but what about when He doesn’t?

There are always times when the miraculous gift card comes – there’s an unexpected check in the mail – someone drops off a bag of groceries in your office.  And we’re always quick to say how ‘good’ God is when that happens.

But what about the times when that doesn’t happen?  What about the times when the bills are piling up and there is no envelope of cash magically sitting in your mailbox?  What about the month where groceries are lean to non-existent and your family is skipping lunch to make sure they stretch a little further and….nope.  No groceries on the front porch.  The phone rings and it’s another rejection instead of the job offer you were trusting God for?

Is God any less ‘good’ when He doesn’t ‘come through”?

He’s still good.  He’s still God.  Rain falls on the just and the unjust and you are not ever – no, never – forgotten by God.  Hold fast.

Some trust in horses and some in chariots (cash flow, pay checks, billing cycles), but we will trust in the name of the Lord, our God.  (not gift cards, unexpected checks, surprise gifts).  Psalm 20.7

When we make our ‘good God’ contingent on the meeting of our needs, we diminish His character and taint Hid true care for us.  God is good….period.  Provision doesn’t make Him more good.  Lack of it doesn’t make Him less good.

Author: Darren Sutton

I've been in student ministry nearly 30 years…which generally just confirms how much I still don't know. Some days I'm the pizza-eating, over-responding, teaching-on-the-fly, desperate-for-volunteers, frustrated-with-co-workers youth leader that we all are. And sometimes…I knock it out of the park. I'm everywhere on social media that you are!

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