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STOVALL: God's provision is sure

Gabriel Stovall

Gabriel Stovall

I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.” – Psalm 132:15

God promises to provide. As a matter of fact, His provision is a confirmation of His guidance. Let me say it another, more familiar way: God does not guide us to places where He does not provide.

If He brought you to it, He’ll bring you through it.

Have you heard that before? No matter how cliché it might sound, it is true.

Do you feel like you’re at the end of your financial, spiritual, emotional, etc. rope? Are things becoming so tight and destitute that you’re even beginning to question if you properly heard from God? Don’t feel bad because I’ve been there. Actually, if you want me to be brutally honest, I’m there right now.

A little over a year ago, I felt God asking me to do something that in my mind made little to no sense. Have you ever felt God some sort of directive and it felt, sounded and seemed crazy? 

Me too. So I did a “Gideon.” I put out the proverbial fleece! Many of you know the Old Testament story of Gideon, the soldier who heard from God, yet wanted to make sure that what he heard was really what he heard. (You can read his story in Judges chapters 6-8.) So he put out a piece of fleece on the ground. He asked God to make a side of it wet in order to confirm what God had told him. Of course, that is exactly what the Lord did. The next day, he does another fleece test and again God confirms His Word. I’ve found that when God really desires us to do something for Him — no matter how ridiculous or impossible — He’ll show it to us in ways that will cause us to have no wiggle room to escape obedience.

Ever since that day that I finally submitted, God has provided. I have waffled back in forth in my trust a few times, but God has never wavered on His commitment to provide for me as I try to do His will.

And I’m not just talking about monetary provision. I’m talking about God providing comfort and peace to my sometimes fearful and troubled soul. I’m talking about Him giving me deeper understanding of His Word and His calling and purpose for my life. I’m talking about God providing me deep forgiveness and cleansing for my sins and guilt — that includes the ability to forgive myself. And, yes, it does help that I haven’t missed any meals either!

Listen, God doesn’t owe us an explanation for the things He does in our lives. He is not obligated to give us the full and complete play-by-play picture of His plan for our lives as He walks with us through life.

What He did promise is that He would always stay with us. Through His Word, He promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us. And what’s more, He promises us His provision. God says through the Psalmist, “I will abundantly bless.” God does nothing halfway. He will not halfway lead us. He will not halfway guide us and He will, in no wise, halfway provide for us.

So why should we halfway trust Him? Even in our most meager condition, God is still major in His character. He is still the Jehovah-Jireh. He still provides for our every need.

Gabriel Stovall covers sports and religion for the Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald newspapers. He is the founding pastor of NewLife Christian Church which meets each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Forest Park Middle School. Follow him on Twitter @GabrielCStovall

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