Escape Through Provision
Have you ever thought about how the Lord provides a way to escape through provision? Honestly, I had never considered that until these past few months.
Through my life, I have always thought about how the Lord gives blessings and provides for his children through material possessions. But, now, I can see so much more than that because of this verse:
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Cor. 10:13
Do you see it? He provides a way to escape from temptation.
Isn’t that beautiful?
To me, it is because I have fallen into temptation my entire life. I have longed for material possessions, to be the best (at many different things), I have suffered from jealousy, coveteousness, gossip, anger….. and the list goes on.
One thing I have held higher than I should is the need for stability.
I never really thought about that or how it can be sinful to need stability, but this past year, God has shown me that anything I place above Him causes my heart to wander.
It took a true friend, one who knows I long to learn more about the Lord to speak the truth.
One day, as I shared our financial situation, she very lovingly replied: “The Lord will bring to light the things we need to work on so that He can do bigger things in our lives and the lives of others through us.”
That hit me like a load of bricks.
She didn’t say “Oh, I am so sorry” or “Oh, I hope things work out…” She spoke the truth and showed me that no matter what was going on, the Lord had allowed it to happen, but for a bigger purpose than I could imagine.
As I considered what she said, I asked her to pray for me. I asked her to pray that God would give us clear direction….
God did give us clear direction.
Within a few months, a neighbor called and told us she was selling her home and asked if we would like to speak with her realtor. I agreed to do so but knew that we had to make a certain amount on our home, or it would not make sense.
The realtor came that night and within 48 hours (even before listing on MLS), we had a full price contract.
In that transaction, God provided a way for us to pay off almost all of our debt.
While we do not have a home of our own, he has also provided shelter – through the same friend who gave me those words of wisdom. We needed to sell our home and a place to regroup; she needed house sitters while her home is empty.
God has provided.
His provision was not just for our physical needs; he has also provided spiritually.
I no longer judge how other people mess up their finances and end up homeless and needing food stamps. There are times in this life where things happen because of lessons that haven’t been learned. There are also times when things happen that are completely out of our control.
I am thankful for my friend and her lack of judging me. I am thankful for her love and desire to speak truth.
Most of all, I am thankful for how deeply she loves the Lord.
God has shown His love through His provision for me and my family. I pray He will also provide a way for us to bless others…