“Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years.”
–Moses to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 8:4, ESV)
Throughout this blog, we’ve been talking about simplifying various parts of our lives. And we’re not simplifying our lives simply for simplicity’s sake. There’s a purpose why we’re doing it. We’re journeying towards simplicity so that we can spend more time, energy, and money doing the things that greatly matter to God. Things like…
Loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Serving people sacrificially.
Carrying each other’s burdens.
Making disciples of all nations.
Advancing God’s Kingdom.
As we invest more of our time, energy, and money into Kingdom things, a particular question will inevitably come to mind. Will there be enough left for me? Will there be enough for my family? Will God provide?
One of the recurring worries of humankind is that of provision. People worry all the time whether or not they’ll be able to put food on the table for their families. Or to provide for their needs. Or to give their kids a future. Will there be enough? Apart from God, there are no guarantees. The promises that the Word of God presents are for those who have come to believe in God and rely on His grace and mercy. But with God, there is certainty of provision.
Lately, I’ve been reading the book of Deuteronomy which summarizes the journey of the Israelites to the Promised Land. Part of that journey is their forty year stint in the wilderness because they refused to obey God’s command to take over the land the first time God told them to. One of the things that amazes me is this: all throughout their journey in the wilderness, God provided for every single need. Moses recounted, “For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing” (Deut. 2:7, ESV). Moses boldly declared that God was with the Israelites and that He was the one providing for every single need that they had. The Israelites didn’t lack a single thing during the forty year stretch in the wilderness.
So we ask: will there be enough? Will God provide for me and my family? And the answer is yes, God will provide. He is our good Father and He knows what we need even before we ask Him (see Matt. 6:8). And that’s what we have to believe in. We must believe that we will always have what we need to do what God has called us to do.
And so we press on. We press on towards being who God has called us to be and doing what God has called us to do. And we don’t have to worry about our provisions. We can rest assured that God will provide whatever it is we need to get the job done.