When you are in the midst of financial difficulties, you can easily feel discouraged and experience momentary dejection. Many who are unemployed right now due to the worldwide shutdown may fear they’ll never find another job, but we need to remember this situation is temporary. Our hope is in God—He is our provider—in times like these we need to depend even more on His provision.
I want to give you a list of Bible verses where God promises to meet our needs. These promises have conditions, of course; they’re given to those who faithfully love and serve Him. They tell us that God will make a way and He will provide for His own.
These promises are reinforced by Bible stories teaching us how creatively and unfailingly God provides for us. When Israel needed bread in the wilderness, God sent manna from the heavenly bakeries. When water was scarce, the Lord provided rivers from a rock. When the widow’s pantry was exhausted, the Lord mysteriously replenished her flour and oil in 1 Kings 17. When Elijah needed food by the Brook Cherith, a squadron of ravens came bringing him bread and meat day and night. When Joseph and Mary needed emergency funds to flee to Egypt, the Magi arrived with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When Peter needed to pay his taxes, Jesus sent a coin in the mouth of a fish. When thousands needed nourishment in the meadows of Galilee, Jesus fed them with a boy’s lunch.
We have a God who has promised to meet our needs. If you’re anxious about how your needs are going to be met, let me offer some suggestions.
Trust the Lord in all things and for all things, even when you’re experiencing financial stress. He will take your tears and toil and leave you with a testimony like that of the psalmist: I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.
God is our provider, our comfort, our strength—place your hope and trust in Him!
Dr. Jeremiah is the founder and host of Turning Point for God and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California.
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Social media has become a place for you and your friends to share life and to be in touch with immediate and extended family members, acquaintances, and each other. It’s a place to share pictures, news, causes to which you’re committed, and other conversational tidbits. Social media has also been an excellent way to reconnect with friends from the past. For these reasons, it’s not hard to understand its incredible popularity. It’s a place to go every day where lots of people know your name and have publicly said they want to be your friend.
But there is another side to putting yourself “out there” in public on social media.Crowning Achievements
King Solomon observed, “Riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations” (Proverbs 27:24). That’s why Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth… but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19-20). He also reminded us, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life” (John 6:27). Paul added, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). And John wrote, “Do not love the world or the things in the world… The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15, 17). The message is clear: Our focus should be on eternal possessions and treasures—not on temporal pleasures and pursuits. In fact, the Bible records rewards that will be awarded to the faithful.A Child of the King
Anyone who follows the international news is used to hearing members of the British Royal Family referred to by only their first name—such as Prince Charles, Prince William, or Queen Elizabeth. Members of England’s (or any) Royal Family follow the centuries-old tradition of having first names and titles only. But modern conventions demand last names as well. But what is the surname for members of the Royal Family? The surname for the Royal Family has been Windsor since 1917. Queen Elizabeth chose to include a reference to her husband’s ancestry, so her descendants have the surname of Mountbatten-Windsor. However, Prince William and his family could use the name “Cambridge,” since he is the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry could use the name “Sussex,” in accordance to his royal title. The name they choose to use does not change their ancestry, it just exemplifies their role in the monarchy.
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