Genesis 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
During times of crisis in our lives, often what is missed are the intricate details of things that cannot be explained outside of a Divine loving power, the Almighty God. Sometimes it takes months, even years, to see and understand these things which God was doing on your behalf, and somethings will probably never fully understood in this lifetime.
God sends His provision, His blessings, and is doing things during that crisis that only He could do. Looking back on a crisis in my own life a couple of years ago, I am still discovering these provisions and blessings. One of the things I could see at the time was that He sent unexpected people in my life to help me through the crisis. People I expected to possibly be there, were nowhere to be found.
However looking back, it was much more than those people He sent. It was the overall providing and protection He gave which allowed me to survey and get through the crisis the best way I could. It was basically and LITERALLY threading a needle, as I needed to get to Colorado to possibly save my dog’s life. At the time, I didn’t realize it, but I do now! That if not for God, it could never have happened. The various plans and things through this had to all line up for it to be successful, and that’s what happened.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
And the ENCOURAGEMENT He sent through others was amazing! They didn’t have to be believers nor did I need to test their faith in God in order for that encouragement to be accepted, because it all was! Whereas the discouragement also came, and from the least expected sources as well. Showing me that God was sifting through my friends list so to speak, and demonstrating to me that it would be by His will power, not my own.
I think much too often the mistake among believers, is that there is an echo chamber and limitation when it comes to God’s provision. The idea is God is limited by our subjective mentality in that He can only work through the church or believers to accomplish His purpose. Not so! He will send often times unbelievers or things we wouldn’t dream of to accomplish His will. Would you for example test the faith of a paramedic BEFORE they could perform lifesaving duties? Most would say “NO!”, but in general I see the mentality at times.
By His omnipotence, God will send them in your times of crisis to make manifest that He alone is God, He alone will get the glory. And again, sometimes we need to look back at the intricate provisions He performed to make this possible. The big things are easy to see, the miracles which are shown to all, but the miracles you do not see at first, the small details are something we miss during the crisis.
I am still discovering things from 30 years ago that God was doing, things I missed, things I wasn’t aware about myself and how rotten and selfish I truly was. As we get closer to God, the more He shows us! And how do you get closer? BY FAITH ALONE! Believe in Him, believe He is PRESENT and WORKING in absolutely everything. Believe in His POWER! And you shall get closer to Him!