Look how fast Nashville is growing. As we have watched this city grow, we are more sensitive to the resources that are needed to meet the growth. This is true for us in our spiritual lives.
The more we grow, the more resources we need. These resources are not necessarily tangible resources like money, housing, and food. They are resources connected to our need for God’s grace. Thanks be to God that God has the power and resources to provide for us as we grow and mature in grace and his divine will for our lives. Be encouraged. God will provide. If all of us took a moment to think about what we have, and what we need, we could testify that God will provide—because God has provided. We all remember the first line of Psalms 23: “The Lord is my shepherd, and I shall not want.”
We can never forget this important characteristic of God: he is our shepherd and provides for each of us. This is difficult to recognize when we have people starving in the city of Nashville and in other parts of the United States.
It is hard to see God as a provider when many of us are struggling with how to take care of our families and basic personal needs. These circumstances can easily discourage our belief that God will provide.
But the truth is God provides for us all the time, and in different ways. God does take care of our basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing. We may not wear designer clothes, live in a mansion, or eat at a restaurant every day—but God has provided us with what we need.
The Lord is our shepherd, we shall not want for anything. Many of us have our basic physical needs met, but what about the other resources we need to keep us in our right mind, enabling us to heal from hurt and pain. We do not have to want for these things. God will provide.
God will provide strength, healing, restoration, deliverance, and peace. God provides for us in so many ways. But we often depend on humans to provide for us, and it is true that God does work through humans to provide. However, God is our source and supply.
We cannot look to humans to take care of us. We have to look to God and be open to his plan of providing for each of us. As we go through this life (and it seems as if we are running out of what we need to survive), let us remember that the Lord is our shepherd, and we shall not want.
God will provide.