The God Who Provides

Today, I am grateful that God is Jehovah Jireh – the God who provides. Things have been challenging for me these past few months, and even though I was seeking God’s will for my life, I honestly wasn’t sure which way to go. However, a couple of weeks ago, I offered up a very specific and desperate prayer about the situation that I am presently facing. The next day, an opportunity arose that appeared to be a very direct answer to my prayer. Things were not 100% clear to me, though, and I still had a sense of disquiet about the situation. So I waited, prayed, asked others to pray, read the Bible, and figured that the answer would come in time (meanwhile, the urgent crisis in my life continued to unfold).  

About a week later, an unexpected answer to my dilemma appeared. However, much to my surprise, an additional answer – similar, somewhat appealing, yet also a little unsettling – also showed up, too. I now had two choices in front of me, and I was reminded that God gave me a mind and plenty of good sense so that I would be able to make wise choices. It’s not that either choice was necessarily bad or good, but one of them certainly was better than the other, and so I had to wait until I had more clarity about what the better option was. Also, in the back of my mind, I knew that I always had the option to say no to both choices. After all, not every opportunity that comes my way is one sent by the Lord! Godly wisdom and discernment are absolutely key in a situation like this.

It was only today that I got the clarity that I was seeking. Along with the clarity came a palpable sense of peace, too. So, in faith and hope, I moved forward with the decision that I needed to make. Now, I’m confident that I have made the right decision, given the information and insight available to me at this time in my life. Beyond this, I am thankful to God for providing a very specific answer to a very specific prayer, and for giving me the Holy Spirit-guided patience and wisdom needed to wait until the right choice for me emerged. 

So here is my prayer for today: Dear God, thank You for being Jehovah Jireh – the God who provides. Thank You for taking care of all of the needs in my life, according to Your timing and purpose. Thank You for giving me the discernment to make the choice that was right in Your eyes; please help me to continue to trust You to answer my prayers and meet the daily needs of my life. Help me to trust You and not be anxious – You know that I struggle in both areas! – but to continue to look to You for the guidance and provision that I need. Give me the wisdom each day to surrender my life totally to You. 

Thanks again for Your goodness to me. I don’t deserve it, but I really appreciate it, anyway! In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

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