Throughout the month of February, we are taking a closer look at the love of God. We’ve talked about how His love pursues us and how He protects us from harm, and today we will look at how His love provides for us. We serve a loving Father who promises to meet our needs. We simply need to trust in His love. Now that doesn’t mean He gives us everything we want. Just like I know as a parent that my kids don’t actually need everything they ask for. In fact, some of the things they ask for shouldn’t be given to them, or perhaps it’s not the right time. But regardless, as their parent, I love meeting their needs and blessing them with special and meaningful gifts. Here are three ways the love of God provides for us.
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God provides every spiritual blessing.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ… – Ephesians 1:3
We live in a physical world and deal with physical problems. So it’s easy to forget sometimes that we are now born of the Spirit. We don’t fight our battles using physical means anymore… we fight with spiritual weapons that God has given to us.
The most important thing we need in this life is the Holy Spirit. More than any physical thing we could need, want, or desire… the Holy Spirit meets our greatest need and offers so much more. In this way, God provides for us our greatest need… our need for Him.
God provides our physical needs.
And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!” – Luke 2:22-24
I love this promise given to us by Jesus. God cares about our physical needs. He takes care of us and provides the way any loving father would. I often imagine my own kids when I read this passage. As the adult in their life, I do think about things like finances and budgets. I find myself worrying at times about how we will pay for certain things that come up. But they never worry. They don’t even think about money. They don’t worry about food or clothes, rather they trust in my ability to provide these basic needs.
Now, I know that there are unfortunately those who worry about their next meal. And that is one of the many reasons why we need to be doing all we can to be God’s hands and feet when we minister to those who need their physical needs met. But we also have this promise of God. He will provide.
God provides a way when there is no way.
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)
I can’t tell you how many times in my personal life when I needed a way to be made! I had no clue how to proceed or where to go, but God was faithful and made a way. And more often than not, His way was completely unexpected and differed greatly from the “way” I thought He should make in my life. His way is always better than the “way” we would make for ourselves.
We serve a loving Father who provides, but He doesn’t necessarily provide the way we expect Him to… and that’s a good thing! He knows us better than we know ourselves. He can see the ripple effect of results that will occur with every piece of provision He gives. As a good and love Father would, He gives us what we need most rather than something that could potentially hurt us later on down the road.
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” – Matthew 7:11
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.