God is the great provider. I’m sure you’ve read and known that for as long as you’ve been a Christian, right? Well, how come there are times God seems to be silent about your needs? Could it be that you are being punished for your sins? I don’t think so. Or perhaps, He has disowned you? Not a chance.
You see, from the days of Abraham, God has been an incredible provider. The bible recalls in Genesis 22:14 that He is the Jehovah Jireh – the God that provides. Paul the Apostle also affirmed to the Philippians in Philippians 4:19 that “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
These tells us that God in His infinite riches will always provide for His children. Regardless of the situation, you’re in right now, remember God is the Jehovah Jireh.Below are 7 ways God provides in troubled times:
God Provides in the form of Exceptional Ideas
When we ask God to give us something, He might not give us that exact thing as we asked, but something better. For instance, if you lost your job and prayed for another job, God may give you exceptional ideas that will turn you into an entrepreneur. Now, between working for someone and being your own boss, which would you prefer?
Truth is, one great idea is all you need to become a millionaire – One. Great. Idea! James 1:17 tells us that “every good and perfect gift comes from God”. So, in troubled times, instead of expecting God to provide a specific thing, be sensitive enough to exceptional ideas that’d transform your life.
Through His Words from the Scriptures
Have you ever flipped the bible when you’re down only to land on a passage that is speaking directly to you? Maybe yours might not be by chance, it could be during your morning devotional or church service. It doesn’t matter what you’re going through, God’s word is a suiting relief to that troubled times.
The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” This means, His word is always there to brighten every dark corner of your lives. Your feet is illuminated and your path is made easy.
Through Inspirational Words
Sometimes, all we need to come out of that troubled times is some inspirational words, either from someone, a book, or a tape. What is the role of God in this? You may want to ask. Well, God puts a person in your life in a way that he/she either says some inspirational words to you or reads it out to you from a book.
Sometimes, the person does not even know what he/she had just said meant something spectacular to you; whether they are aware or not, God uses people, books, and tapes to inspire you. You may not see the need, but most times, all we need to snap out of that troubled time is a flash of inspiration on what to do at that particular time.
Through Emotional Support
There is no other time emotional support is more needed than in troubled times. You see, you cannot deal with your demons in isolation. That is why I love the saying that, “a problem shared is a problem half solved”.
When you find someone you can really count on, you can pour out your frustration on them, and you will feel much better, even by the fact that they listened to you. During troubled times, God provides us that right person who is willing to listen and encourage you back on track.
Through the ages, music has proven to be the medicine for the soul. Even in the bible when King Saul’s soul was troubled, it was music that helped him. 1 Samuel 16:23 recalls, “Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.”
Today, we have a lot of spirit-inspired songs that can help relief us of the troubled times. Music is powerful, and God inspires some music artists for such a time as this.
Through Total Strangers
Have you ever seen a stranger worked up to you and gave you just what you needed during a bad time? If you have, I’m sure you know what a surprising relief that is. If you haven’t experienced that, I can tell you it does happen because I have experienced it countless times.
Just as God speaks to us in different ways, He also provides for us in ways we cannot fathom. But most times, we are the ones who do not recognize the strangers God sends to bless us during troubled times. Remember Sarah, Abraham’s wife? Have you ever imagined what would have happened if she wasn’t kind to the strangers that soon became the Angels God sent to them? This still happens today.
Divine Peace in Chaos through the Holy Spirit
One way God provides for us during troubled times is by giving us that calm and peaceful state of mind in the midst of the storm. This is very critical because, when you are tensed, you can hardly think your way out of any situation, but when you are calm and at peace, your mind can work better.
Jesus tells us this in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
These 7 ways God provides in troubled times may not come all at once, but when you open your heart in total trust to God that He does provide as He promised, one or more of the above will surely happen to you.
In closing, I would like to affirm God’s words to us from Deuteronomy 31:6b, “…I will not leave you nor forsake you.”