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The Lord Will Provide: How My Struggles Have Taught Me to Trust God

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).

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by alli on March 28, 2012 at 07:03

    This article and the comments really helped! I’m in a place right now where I want to know God’s plan for me ahead of time so I can feel secure and confident. I’m probably the most impatient Christian, so waiting is hard! Saw this quote by Tim Tebow & liked it: “I don’t know what my future holds, but I do know who holds my future.”

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by papemelroti on February 12, 2012 at 08:16

    1 kings 17:7-16 tells the story of God training Elijah. we usually want God to show us the way before our resources are totally depleted.waiting is nerve wracking but remember God is still in control.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by knaz on February 10, 2012 at 19:15

    Just lost our house due to foreclosure & will relocate to different state for new job opportunities. Hubby & oldest son have been there for 4 months already. (Miss them like crazy.) Now we are discovering just how difficult it is trying to find a place to rent, especially w/ bad credit & pets. The thought of having to leave behind our 2 dogs is “unbearable”! I’d like to believe that He IS big enough to provide for us, pets included. My situation has so many other factors going against us…please pray that I will not give up the hope that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD. This article included a verse that my dear friend was just reminding me of. I will meditate on these verses. Thank you and keep us informed.

    • Posted by JennArman on February 14, 2012 at 11:07

      I am so sorry to hear about your situation and to hear that you have been separated from loved ones during this time.

      I understand some of the difficult thoughts that are probably plaguing you especially with regard to pets. We also have pets (cats) that it would break my heart to part with, but this is what I know:

      1. God IS big enough. He is bigger than all of our circumstances no matter how big our circumstances may seem. I saw this great saying on Facebook that read “Stop telling God – ‘Hey God, I’ve got a BIG problem’ and start telling you problems ‘Hey problem, I’ve got a REALLY BIG GOD!'”

      2. God really does care about the things that concern your heart. He understands your fear and your frustration and He is working out the best possible situation for your whole family.

      Something that I have prayed a lot is in Mark 9:17-24. A man brings his demon-possessed son to Jesus for healing and says “if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us! And Jesus said to him, “If You can? All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief!”

      This doesn’t mean that the boy’s father didn’t believe, it just means that sometimes we need more belief and more faith than we have currently. I’ve been asking God regularly to help me overcome my unbelief and it is helping me to rest in Him.

      Blessings to you and your family (pets included)! We will be praying for the Lord to show you His hand and His boundless provision in your circumstance. <3

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by QuannasLove on February 10, 2012 at 09:21

    Perfect timing, I really needed this!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by QuannasLove on February 10, 2012 at 21:05

      After a few hours and several tears, I decided to post what’s been going on. Hope that’s ok. In Decemberish my dad started having back problems, so he went to the hospital and they did all these tests and steroid injections and it started getting better, but then two or three weeks ago (I’m so out of it I hardly know what day it is) he had a headache that he said was the worst he’s ever had. They took him to hospital and that Sunday he had brain surgery to drain an abscess. And he was doing better. He got to come home the Thursday after, but Friday or Saturday he was back in the hospital with more back issues. Now it’s something along the lines of he has another possible abscess (I don’t know if they decided it was or if there’s still the possibility it’s a tumor), he has a life-threatening infection and we don’t know where it’s coming from, and the first abscess left a crater of some sort in his brain. I think he might actually die. That’s my biggest problem. Aside from that, there’s the fact that my brother’s best friend (who is like a brother to me) has leg cancer. Then there’s my own little issues that would take to much time to go over. I’m in a play right now and only one of my close friends is in it, and I feel like I’ve already dumped too much on her, and I never really get to see my other friends and so I feel so small and like I don’t have anyone to talk to. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS ARTICLE! I have no clue (and I really don’t want to know) where I would be without this website and without all of you!

  5. Posted by JennArman on February 9, 2012 at 19:55

    Girls your comments and encouragement bring tears to my eyes. You are all so AMAZING!! Thank you for your prayers and I hope like Jessica said that my story can help those of you who are going through similar struggles in your families. Love you girls!

  6. Paris

    Posted by Paris on February 9, 2012 at 15:50

    Be Still….and know that I AM GOD.(Psalms 46:10)

  7. JessicaLS

    Posted by JessicaLS on February 9, 2012 at 15:33

    We have also been having financial problems. In fact, when my dad’s friend, who ended up in jail a while back, died a couple of months ago, his will was suppose to go to us. He specifically said that he didn’t want the money going to anyone but my family because his family wasn’t much of a “family.” They never got along. Well, it turns out, his fellow inmates were trying to poison him to get his money. About 1/3 of the money went to his evil inmates and the other 2/3’s went to his brother, who he didn’t get along with at all. We didn’t get a dime. I’m sure that our family friend is very upset knowing all this too. At the same time, we’re living off of government food stamps and SSI since my dad is unable to work legally because of his shoulder being dislocated and deteriorating. We are still very blessed. We live on 20 acres of beautiful forest-land and God always provides. I think He is just 1. instilling patience in us, 2. teaching us to trust and rely on Him more. He really wants us to rely on Him for everything, small and big. He loves to show His Glory! 😀 3. to test, teach and forge our character into how He wants us to be, 4. to help someone else out when they go through a similar experience by having your own personal experience, 5. to get closer to God by praying to Him more, spending more time with Him and also searching parts of the Bible that you normally wouldn’t search just so you can gain more knowledge about what the Bible says on those certain topics. I’ll also be praying for you too Jenn! Jehovah-Jireh! 😀

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by knaz on February 10, 2012 at 19:20

      Jessica, I found that the points you made were so right on. I, too have made those observations in the past. I know them to be true, but as I am in the middle of the storm I had forgotten. Thank you for reminding me. 🙂

  8. ams7298

    Posted by ams7298 on February 9, 2012 at 05:38

    I’ve been through that with my family. At one point we actually lived in a trailer in my Uncle’s backyard.. But God pulled us completely out.. And in the space of about 4 1/2 years, we are looking to buy a house of our own! There are many stories on how God provided for us in that time. He is truly Jehovah-Jireh! 🙂

  9. Liliandil486

    Posted by Liliandil486 on February 8, 2012 at 21:46

    Thank you so much! My dad is getting ready to get out of the military and is trying to get a full-time pastor job at a church. We are not sure yet whether he will get the job, but are trusting that God will have something for us. Thank you again for this article!

  10. onfire4god

    Posted by onfire4god on February 8, 2012 at 16:10

    Joshua 1:9. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” I’ve committed this verse to heart so I can remind myself that He’s always with me.

    • Posted by JennArman on February 8, 2012 at 17:43

      Thank you for this encouragement! I really appreciate it 🙂

  11. tmgaouette

    Posted by tmgaouette on February 8, 2012 at 14:53

    Dear Jenn: My prayers are with you and your husband. God will provide! This is a verse I’m working with right now- “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:12-13

    • Posted by JennArman on February 8, 2012 at 17:42

      Thank you T.M. We can use all the prayer we can get 🙂

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kathrie on February 8, 2012 at 14:24

    My Dad lost his job too and my mom is almost never home because she has to work so much 🙁

    • Posted by JennArman on February 8, 2012 at 17:44

      I’m sorry that your family is struggling right now Kathrie. I will keep you in my prayers sweet girl 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Firecat328 on February 8, 2012 at 16:42

      i’m sorry. I’m praying that things get better for ya!

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Julia on February 8, 2012 at 14:06

    Thanks for writing this! I really needed it.