In my years serving as a Pastor and Mentor, I have seen many people suffering from anxiety. Quite often, their worry is related to fears about their future needs being met. They are used to relying on an obvious path to get what they need, but life has changed in some way and that path is no longer as clear. Many feel overwhelmed and afraid.
Although I have never met you, I know you can relate to this. How do I know? Because we all tend to experience fear whenever we feel things are out of control and see no easy way to regain control. This is especially true when it comes to meeting the needs of our family physically and financially.
The Bible says, that God “provides us with everything.” Sometimes we will experience His provision in abundance while other times it feels more limited. But at all times, it will be enough to meet our needs.
Today, understanding the source of your own provision can give you a real sense of peace. How freeing it is that God, who loves you more than you can comprehend, knows what you need and provides it accordingly. Sometimes that provision comes in expected ways and other times it comes in ways you could never predict. Even more freeing, is the realization that God’s provision is not based on merit but on His unending love. In other words, you don’t have anything because you deserve it, but because He loves you. Cast aside your fears about the future. Gods got you!
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17
Yahweh, you love us and you’re always faithful. Father, I worship you and believe in you. I confidently stand before you and pray for my family. Always be with us, and do not abandon us. God, You know that human life is unpredictable and fragile. Therefore, your protection and guidance are the true light as we go through the twists and turns of life. Lord, I especially ask you not to turn away from us when we make mistakes, give in to pride, suffer anxiety or simply worry about this financial crisis. Be merciful to my family in our moments of need, in Jesus’ name. Amen
1. Think about a time when you were worried about your family not having what they needed. What was that pressure like? How did you respond to that pressure?
2. Have your family’s needs ever been met in an unexpected way? To what do you attribute this? What was your role in getting that need met?
3. How can relying on God to meet your needs impact the pressure you feel as a provider?
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