It feels like with everything that we are experiencing in the world right now, that more women than ever are desperately searching for certainty when it comes to provision.
Empty store shelves, record-high gas prices, increased housing costs, along with rising inflation in all areas of our lives are hurting families, and many are left wondering, “How am I going to make it through? Will God meet my needs? How can I have faith to believe God will provide?”
How Can I Have Faith To Believe God Will Provide?
Did you know that God’s promises to provide for His children are mentioned in at least 169 verses in the Bible?
I had to look that stat up because I knew the Bible had a lot to say, but just how much the Word of God spoke directly on this, I had no idea there were this many promises! 😮
However, let’s get one thing straight. And I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but it’s a loving thing to do. These 169 verses don’t speak to health and wealth; this isn’t about financial prosperity. Neither am I talking about the law of attraction or speaking things into existence. By this, I mean that God isn’t our heavenly on-demand genie who grants our every wish.
God is our heavenly Father who genuinely cares about every single part of us. Remember – He created us! He’s not like our earthly fathers who often let us down or are nowhere to be found when life is miserable. See Matthew 7:11, which says, “…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” But did you see that? We also need to ask! Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
How do we develop the faith we need to go on with our daily lives trusting that God will provide? Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about today! Buckle up because I felt led to write more today as I prayed over this topic and felt how the timing was so divine with all the craziness around us. 🥰
As we learn more about God, we will naturally begin to trust Him more and more. 💣
And the more we trust Him, the more we will feel secure in knowing He WILL provide. 💣💣
Don’t get me wrong. This doesn’t mean that if you memorize all 169 verses, you will never have fears, doubts, or insecurities about how God will meet your needs. Nor does it mean that you experience sunshine and rainbows for the rest of your life. God is way more concerned about knowing your heart belongs to Him than just memorizing verses like you’re preparing for a spelling bee!
So I get it; we think, “Yeah, sounds good, but I know all about God, so we can skip all that; I just want to get to the magic part.” May I ask what you mean by “the magic part?”
If you mean that you want to be instantly transformed into someone who never feels scared about how God will meet your needs, guess what?! You CAN! YAY!
Because as a Christian, the transformation you are describing will take place as you renew your mind; it’s a promise you can count on. But that transformation isn’t instant in the way you’d probably like it to be. I know we want everything at the speed of lightning. Nevertheless, it’s a command we must obey. Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.
Renewing Our Minds
When you heard the truth of the gospel, believed, and responded by putting your trust in Christ – your mind was changed. But that was just the beginning. Because we’re sinners, we have to continually replace our selfish worldly thoughts with thoughts of God. Ones that have a heavenly and eternal perspective. And we do this by renewing our mind, which again is simply exchanging our old sinful ways of thinking for brand new godly ways of thinking. And we learn these new godly ways of thinking by reading the Bible for ourselves, hearing it taught at our churches, in our Bible studies, and singing His Words through biblically accurate hymns and worship songs.
Here are a few more practical steps you can take to renew your mind so you can begin increasing your faith to believe that God will provide for your needs.
Read The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. By the way, you can also find parts of it again in Luke 11:2-4. This isn’t about you being able to recite it word for word. It’s about asking God to give you what you need today; Give us this day our daily bread.
Do you remember how God provided the Israelites with manna from heaven every morning in Exodus 16? Fun tip….manna was probably rice! We can’t be 100% sure of course, but do a deep study of it, study out all the facts and everything we know about it, the country of origin, the type of bugs, everything. It’s super interesting! God probably fed them something you have in your cupboard pantry right now!
And then do you remember how God tested Abraham’s faith when He asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac in Genesis 22? The story of Abraham and Isaac is one that can give us so much hope in uncertain times. Be sure to reread these stories because you will be feeding and nourishing your soul with God’s own words, which will help you have more faith to believe that God WILL provide.
God’s promises involve meeting our most basic needs like food and clothing and go all the way through meeting our intangible needs like being our Prince of Peace, Deliverer, and ultimate Provider. Look up and study some of the names of God and their corresponding verses. I have a really fun memory game for kids that you can play along with here. 💖
If you like numbers and stats, there are over 200 names and titles for Christ in the Bible.
Here are a few to get you started:
- Deliverer, Romans 11:26
- Prince of Peace, Isaiah 9:6
- Lord of All, Acts 10:36
Next, meditate on the Fruits of the Spirit as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23. When you became a Christian, you received the Holy Spirit. From that moment on, He works in your life to change you and conform you to the image of Christ, making us more like Him. Reflect on your life before Christ and compare it with how you live as a Christian. Make a note of how you’re growing in the fruit of the Spirit. Then get excited to see that He’s been faithfully working in your life all along! 💯
My friend, you are forgiven, and your debt has been paid. And as a Christian, He’s already met your most important need by redeeming you from sin and placing you into His family!
I know that when the bills mount up or you receive a depressing medical diagnosis, it’s tempting to think those are your most extensive needs. But, this need is so critical to God that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the cross to shed His blood for you and me. He is our Good Shepherd who laid down His life for us as His sheep (John 10:11). Jesus went to the cross willingly to suffer and die for us. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for us, knowing full well that we could never repay Him.
I’m almost done, but please don’t forget to double-check yourself when it comes to being discontent with your life. It’s so easy to look around at other people and see them not having any worries or difficulties in life. And since we still live in this world, we’re going to be fighting the temptation to sin for the rest of our lives. Being jealous or envious of other people can really limit our spiritual growth. Be on the lookout for signs in your life of discontentment. Matthew 6:25 tells us not to be anxious about our lives, what you will eat or drink…Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Which brings me to the final point I’ll make today. Can you tell I had a lot on my mind? 💖 Read James 4:3, which says, “You ask and you do not receive because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” Yeah…that one got ME TOO! 😳
If you feel that you can’t trust God to provide because you think that He never answers your prayers, ask yourself if the things you are asking for are God-honoring requests. If not, ask God to help you learn how to do this.
Phew, we made it. And truth be told, I could keep going! 😂
I one-thousand percent recognize that this may not be the quick fix you were looking for when you stumbled upon this blog post looking for how to have more faith to believe God will provide. I’ve gone through seasons where I wanted to feel something warm and fuzzy from God instead of having to do something like open my Bible. If you are feeling this way, you are not alone. The only reason I can share these things with you is because I’ve had to learn them myself. And I keep having to remind myself. That’s one of the benefits of the blogging world; it’s an excellent way to preach to yourself. 💯
Everything I said today was to help you and point you to the One who CAN calm the storms in your life. When human emotions of fear, anxiety, or panic set in because you don’t see any end in sight, it can seem counterintuitive to read your Bible. But, trust me, the sooner you begin renewing your mind, the quicker you will weaken the power that your problems have over you. And the faster you will strengthen and build your faith muscle. I hope you won’t just take my word for it, but that you will accept His Word for it!!!