Recognizing God’s Provision (AKA: When God pays your bills)

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I read a comment on another blog recently, that said something like, “I’m a Christian and everything, but for all you people saying ‘have faith in God,” that’s not right.  God won’t pay your bills.”

I would heartily disagree.  God has paid my bills many times over the years through His provision.

We went to visit my in-laws a few weeks ago, and hubby did some work for father-in-law, and ended up with about $200 extra.

When we got home from our trip, we discovered that our air conditioner was out. The next day, our refrigerator went out. That extra money was just enough to cover the needed repairs.  At one time, this would have really frustrated me. We had plans for that money, and it didn’t include an unexpected expense.

I remember when I was a teen working as a waitress in a local restaurant, I would get so frustrated, because I could never get ahead. Every time I would get a little extra money, something would happen to use it all up. I remember several incidents, but at one point, I was saving money for a specific purpose—to get my own apartment. I didn’t need my own apartment, but it’s what I wanted at the time. I had saved up $500. For me at the time, that was a huge amount to save from my salary waiting tables. I was so excited.

Then something happened with my car, and the repairs ate up all of my savings.

I was so disheartened. I had been in similar situations several times already and I remember telling my dad, “I’m just going to stop trying to save money, because every time I get any money saved up, something goes wrong.” It was very discouraging.

Then, that still small voice…child, this is my provision.

And, immediately, my perspective changed. God knows what’s going to go wrong in my life and He knows what I need, and when I need it.

It was through His help that I was able to save that money, and have it available to pay for the car repairs I needed.  I didn’t know what it was for at the time, but He did.  Just as I fully believe that the $200 we came home with a couple of weeks ago was God’s provision for the problems He knew would be awaiting us. God was making a way for us even before we knew it would be needed.

Now, instead of being frustrated that we can never get ahead, I make a conscious effort to thank God for His provision instead.  Because I know that He has blessed us with just what we need, when we need it. Just like the prayer Jesus models for us, “give us this day our daily bread.” God doesn’t promise us a lifetime of provision all at once…that’s where faith comes in.

So to respond to the initial comment, God can and will pay your bills.  The only question is whether or not we notice when He does it.

What are your thoughts?  Have you ever experienced God’s provision?

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