Does God Provide for you when you need it? Think about it, though there are struggles, financially, emotionally, have you been able to work though them and come out stronger than before? There may be times where there is not a luxury of assorted foods in the house, but you look closer, and there is still more than enough to provide for the family. We are a world that is so focussed on getting more and wanting, that we don't truly appreciate what we have. What does that say about us as people of faith? We don't trust enough that God will provide, and are led astray, not necessarily by greed, but anxieties, fears, doubt.
Today's Gospel states:'Now they had forgotten to bring Bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And he cautioned them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod." And they discussed it with one another, saying, "We have no bread." And being aware of it, Jesus said to them, "Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" They said to him, "Twelve." "And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" And they said to him, "Seven." And he said to them, "Do you not yet understand?"'(Mark 8:14-21).
In today's Gospel, we hear even the disciples doubting God, fearful that they will not survive because they forgot to Bring Bread. Jesus tells them that they just don't understand. They had seen him work so many miracles, to feed thousands even, and yet they didn't trust that he could provide for their needs. How often do you pull away from God, losing trust and instead turning to fear because you don't feel you'll make it through your struggles? Take some time to ask God to help you to trust He will provide for all your needs.
Today's prayer comes from 'crosswalk' a prayer God will provide:
We thank you that no situation is too far out of your control to provide. For you are Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides. We thank you that you own it all, and hold everything in your hands. We thank you that you know our needs before we even ask, before we even come to you. You’re aware of all that concerns us, and you have a plan. You hold the provision, you have the solution. You alone can move mountains to make a way for your children. We ask for your answer, in your timing, in your plan, to be given for every need that weighs our hearts down. Forgive us for doubting you, for worrying, and for trying so hard to work everything out on our own. Help us to trust you more, help us in our unbelief. We choose to recognize and to believe that you are Able to accomplish far more, to do far greater, than we even thought possible. We thank you in advance for your miracles, for paving out pathways, for your provision for those who love you. Thank you for the abundance of blessing and goodness you have already stored up. We trust you this day, and every day, and are so grateful for your Power and joy that fills our lives. Thank you for teaching us to be content in all circumstances, we love you Lord, we’re leaning on you,
In Jesus’ Name,