My God, My Provider
My God, My Provider...
Originally published 03/07/2011
Before reading this please allow me to elaborate one conclusion that I have come to: there is no formula for success. No ABC's for the blessings of God based on our human works. All blessings that come from above are contingent on our willingness to be strong and courageous; to trust in the Lord, lean not to our own understanding and in all our ways, allow Him to direct our paths, (Joshua 1, Proverbs 3, Psalm 37). To try to formulate a plan without Christ is failure. Needed to elaborate that. Its not about the material blessings but a deeper relationship with God, and the consequential gain, hereafter. Very important clarification.
God is our Provider. He is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord God our Provider. And He has certainly been so in my life. Being married now, that authority has been delegated to my husband as the head of our household, however, prior to that, The Lord, as my Husband, took care of my family in wondrous ways. Being no respecter of persons, meaning God doesn't discriminate, what He did for me, He can do for you, if you're willing to build your relationship with Him.
When I say build your relationship with Him, I am not referring to a perfect walk with God. I refer to a WILLINGNESS to be perfected in Him, and striving to do so. Lord knows I have missed the mark, many a times. But, as the song says, "We fall down, but we get up!" You've got to keep moving, and not allow your defeats to defeat you, ultimately. That's were we miss the mark at times: wallowing in our mistakes; our shortcomings and sometimes, our rebellion. I don't want to imply in any way that I am or have been a "super christian" in this walk. I have missed the mark so many times that I am grateful for the grace and mercy of God to still be there for His children, in spite of ourselves! What I intend in blogging about the goodness of God, is that He looks at our hearts and not our failures. Sure, many of us know this with our head sense. But when you allow this truth to grow in your heart, your conscience of sin becomes more attuned. The Holy Spirit can be heard more clearly, as you become more aware of your iniquity; the desire to study the Word of God grows along with the joy in assembling with other saints. This is not a lonely walk with God. He will surround you with His presence and the company of other believers who will build you up in His walk and His Word. And victory in Christ Jesus.
I have shared bits and pieces in previous blogs of God providing for my family. Personally, I believe that Isaiah 54 is as profound a passage for single women to stand on as Proverbs 31 (the portrait of a Godly woman). God created man and woman to be one, in union, at some point in most of our lives. Out of that union, He blesses us with procreation of children(as stated in Genesis 1:28). The husband is given the responsibility to be the head of the household ( I Corinthians 11:13; Ephesians. 5:23). Not the sexist mentality which assumes women are inferior to men, but the agape love relationship God Himself shares with His childen: loving your wife as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her. Jesus walked in love, showing compassion, mercy, forgiveness, respect, and selflessness to others. This is how husbands should love their wives.
Wives, in turn, are to submit to the authority to the husband, reverencing his authority as the head of the household, consequential to being loved, respected and honored as the Word of God commands. We should love, respect, honor and allow our husbands to appropriate his God given authority to make decisions and lead the family. We as women, also see in more detail than men, therefore share our thoughts and opinions with his responsibilities. Our input should be valued and considered, not dismissed due to sexist ideology.
Now, summing all of this up, when an unmarried woman has no husband for a covering, whether it be single with no children, or with children (single parent, widowed, divorced), God Himself steps in the fill the void of husband. Now, here is the beauty of the Word of God: it is so multi-faceted. His Word has meaning on so many levels, like a diamond. The Lord revealed a beautiful revelation to me in my initial quest of studying the Word of God, which has helped me immensely during my walk. His Word is like a prism and a diamond. The Word of God (Jesus created in the flesh-Johh 1:1) is also the Light of the World (John 9:5). Now, think about when light hits a prism. The prism breaks down the light to the colors that create the white light. White color is created by seven colors (the number of God-perfection). People, when you see that picture in your mind, it's exciting!
Isaiah 54 is a multi-faceted Word. It speaks of the Church of today, but its application also applies to single women allowing God to be your Husband. You have nothing to lose in doing so, in your personal relationship with Him. How do you make God in Heaven above your husband? Reverence Him: recognize His awesomeness, His power and His might with love, and humility. Humility not in the sense of debasement, but in the sense of we, compared to Him are incapable of anything, and His grace and mercy is what keeps up. Fear Him: not in the sense of being afraid of Him, but with caution devotion and awe of Who He is.
Be a God chaser and the blessings of seeking such a relationship will chase you. Philippians 4:19 is a promise: My God shall supply all of your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus". Allow the blessings to not be just material things, although as single parents they are extremely important with one income. God gives us peace in the midst of storms. He loves us unconditionally. Another favorite passage I stood on in my singleness, is Isaiah 43: 4, which says, "Since you were precious in my sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life." God considers you precious and He honors you. You are so special to Him that He steps into your life to be the husband you are waiting for. And as your husband, He provides all of your needs and your family's needs (Philipians 4:19) . Being the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), He does a complete job. He promises to never leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5-6). He is with you until the end (Psalm 48:14),
Unlike my previous blogs, I chose to refer to scripture for this blog, being that I have cited times that God has provided my needs in the past on previous blogs. I can cite many more occasions in which He has done so, however, I want to refer to the scriptures I stood on for God, trusting Him as my husband. No matter what the enemy threw my way, the Lord provided a way of escape (I I Corinthians 10:13) just as He promised in His Word. Be faithful in your tithes and offerings ( Malachi 3: 6-12). Trust the Lord, delight in Him, commit your ways to Him and wait on Him and you will be blessed (Psalm 37). Allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). The Lord will keep you from all harm (Psalm 121:7) and will keep you in perfect peace when you are steadfast in Him (Isaiah 26:3) with His peace which exceeds human understanding, will guard your hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7).
I have lived this to testify this. All praise to our Savior Jesus Christ, who redeemed the world from the curses of sin and eternal separation and damnation and whom, through His sacrifice is the Way, the Truth and The Life, and salvation is available with His sacrifice. (John 3:16, John 14:6) Seek Him while He may be found (Isaiah 55:6) and watch Him show you great and mighty things that you didn't know (Jeremiah 33:3) . For He is God, and He cannot lie (Romans 3:4, Titus 1:2). for His Word does not return to Him void, but accomplishes that which He sent it to do. (Isaiah 55: 11). Jesus, God in the flesh, is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
Stand on the Word of God. He WILL NOT let you down.(2 Peter 3:9). He challenges you to allow Him to PROVE HIS WORD will manifest Him in your life (Malachi 3:10).
What have you got to lose by stepping out in faith and trying?
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