How should we expect God’s Provision?
Talking about God’s provision can be a sticky situation these days. Go too far one way, and people will shout prosperity gospel at you. Go too far another way, and you dip into poverty gospel. But in the midst of all of the controversy, scripture teaches that God promises to provide for His children.
Jesus talks about provision when addressing anxiety in Matthew 6,
Read through Matthew 6:25-34
In Matthew 6:25-34, we see that Jesus ties our understanding of provision to a belief in the Father’s love for us. It is assumed in this passage that God will provide for us just like He provides for birds because He loves us. We also see Him tie a pursuit of the kingdom to our understanding of provision. Our perspective on God’s promise of provision becomes missional when we pursue God’s kingdom.
Reflect on these questions
- How do you feel regarding God’s provision in your life? Where do you think that comes from?
- In what areas are you pursuing God’s kingdom in your life?
- Is there somewhere in your life where you need God to provide for you in your pursuit of His kingdom?
- Is there somewhere in your life where you are not pursuing God’s kingdom?
Read Philippians 4:10-13
Paul shows us that provision will look different in every season in our pursuit of God’s kingdom. In some seasons, there will be much, and in some seasons, there will be little. Both seasons are provision. And in every season, we will be strengthened by Christ to do what He has called us to do.
- What do you think God’s provision should look like in your life?
- Where have you seen God provide for you in the past?
- Thank God for how He has provided for you in the past.
- Ask God to rearrange your view of His provision in your life.
- Ask God to show Him a deeper level of His love for you.
- Ask God to show you where He is calling you deeper into the pursuit of His Kingdom.