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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Does God really provide for our true needs?

I just took a position as the Community Liaison for my church. It is a perfect fit as I have been through a wide variety of difficult life situations that those struggling in our community are faced with. I relate.

While working on a needs assessment template this morning a thought crossed my mind:

What do the verses in the Bible, about God providing, sound like to those who struggle to get their daily needs met? Here are some of them…

2 Corinthians 9:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Luke 12:22-34 New Living Translation (NLT)
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Matthew 6:30-34 New Living Translation (NLT)
30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

There are more but you get the idea.

So what do you think?
The Bible says that God will provide for all our NEEDS. Yet, so many do not have that kind of stability. How do you, personally, make sense of it all?

I currently live well below the poverty line in the United States. That still makes me rich compared to other countries. I understand this and it helps me be grateful for all I do have. I have been homeless and I have had to get food from soup kitchens and food banks or go without. I have my own theology on this.

But I want to know your take on it… when there are a multitude of people struggling to just get 1 meal everyday…let alone stable housing beyond a 30 day shelter or tent by the railroad tracks.

Please share your thoughts and opinions regardless of your spiritual beliefs.

Until Next Time~
Blessings, Kate

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    Gods gives us blessings and provides for us . Many time it is our choices that cause us to stray from his plan and away from what really we should be doing. There are so many needy people that when given help and support do improve their life. Others people are like endless pits of want. I have been blessed to be able to work since I was 16. My jobs gave me the enough to live and share. Many have been sent into my life that just need a bit and they go on. One is still in my life that makes my heart ache. She has never helped herself. She takes and asks and hints at needs but it just gets used up. I don’t have an answer except that we each have a choice. Some choices cause us big problems. Some choices bring blessings.
    165 days ago
    I work with formerly chronically homeless people and the working poor. I would say that God expects his church to be the agent of providing the needs of all people. Unfortunately, our churches are more concerned about buildings and programs than meeting the needs of people in the community, especially the unchurched. In addition, there are churches that support an agenda that takes government benefits away from people. So I would say that the difficulty with the Bible's promises are largely a problem with a church filled with sinful people (we all are -this isn't judgement) who have chosen to look away from their responsibilities.
    185 days ago
    Gardenchris summed up my position the best: God will answer our prayers of need, but not always in the way we would want, rather He provides the answer we need. As human beings, that's sometimes hard to accept.

    Been through tough times, too, but still standing, so that's my proof that He does care and provide.

    Lots of challenges are complicated because we don't want to listen to or accept the answer He is providing.

    Blessings to you, my dear.
    190 days ago
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    God supplies Needs didn’t say he supplies wants. Some are based on the Choices people make - I’m Not trying to judge but I have talked with alot of homeless who admit it was something they did. Cannot blame God for selfish, greed, law breaking, dishonest actions I have met those that were fired because. . . Admittedly stating it was their own fault. Stealing, cheating etc Because of Christians there are soup kitchens, homeless shelters, free meals, food banks to supply needs for those that have hit bottom
    190 days ago
    Keep in mind that as a Born again believing child of the most high, we are called wells of living water springing up into everlasting life. God can't physically rain down dollar bills from heaven on us, but rather works through the body of Christ. God works through a willing vessel who is open to blessing another. If you read the book of Acts, it talks of no believer going in lack. The five fold ministers were to take in from the offerings and distribute to those in need and I am sorry to say this has not happened!! ... Does God enjoy seeing his children living in lack or poverty? Absolutely not and I will go further to say I believe it breaks his heart! ... I could go on and on but I will leave it there for now.
    190 days ago
    I am grateful for all that I have and know it is a blessing. I have also been so scared about what will happen next and not sure where that help will come from. God doesn't always answer the way we want the answer, but he does provide the answer we need.
    190 days ago
    As a Christian, I have seen God come through time after time in my own life and the lives of others. His ways are not our ways and His timing is not our timing, but He has never failed me yet.
    190 days ago
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