Girls, I’d like to share a struggle with you.
Three years ago, my husband was laid off from his job working in social services. It was scary, but soon we began receiving unemployment benefits, our church hired him to do part-time maintenance work, and last year I began writing for Project Inspired.
David’s previous job was very stressful and he was on-call a lot, which means he rarely had a day off from work. So, despite our budget suddenly getting very tight, the layoff actually seemed like a blessing in disguise.
I won’t say that things are easy–they definitely aren’t. We haven’t been able to buy groceries in three years, but we’ve never gone hungry. God has always provided for us. There have been months when we didn’t have all the money we needed to pay our rent and the Lord has always provided what we need. It definitely has been a time of learning to trust God more.
We were in Ohio visiting family during Christmas and when we returned home at the beginning of this month, there was a letter from the unemployment department – our benefits have run out.
Let me tell you, this isn’t the kind of news you want to come home to. I’ve spent many tears and many hours crying out to God. Asking why none of the interviews my husband has attended have resulted in a job. Wondering why it seems like God is not moving to provide for us now that things are much more urgent.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about Jehovah-Jireh (the Lord Will Provide) and I wanted to share some Scriptures with you about God’s provision.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand. I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread (Psalm 37:23-25).
‘For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?’ (Matthew 6:25-26).
‘If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!’ (Matthew 7:11).
“Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows’ (Luke 12:6-7).
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Do you have a favorite verse you turn to when you need God’s provision?
Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh [The Lord Will Provide], as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it will be provided’ (Genesis 22:13-14).