For me, trusting God’s provision can be torturous. On one hand, I think I’m great at it! I trust that He has a plan for me and that everything will be okay, but on the other hand, the thing that is so hard about being a Christ follower is that there is absolutely no promise of an “easy” life. The closer I get to the Lord, the heavier my heart gets for injustice, racism, the faith journeys of teenagers, and more. I HAVE to do something about it. I can’t sit back and let it happen and it’s not easy to take action on some of these things.
When something goes wrong, feels heavy or is just a very confusing season in life, how do we trust God’s provision?
Brush up on Daniel 6 for some context, but here is the part that stops me in my tracks:
17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealedit with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”
21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”
23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
I think in order for me to trust God’s provision, I just have to remind myself that He is in the business of providing for His children in incredible, unbelievable ways. I just have to look at history. Not just Biblical history, but a time where He provided when I was hopeless. When I look back at my biggest heartache, I see his fingerprints all over it and all over my grief. Do you remember a time where you felt hopeless and He carried you through? Lean into that memory and dig the hope out. Renew that strength and press on. He can handle your doubt. He can handle your heartache and you will be lifted from the den because you trust in Him.