One recent morning, like most mornings, I was awakened by the singing of birds.
Immediately, my mind went to the Scripture in Matthew 6, where it talks about how the Lord provides for them: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” This verse goes on to say, “Are you not much more valuable than they?” — indicating that if God provides for the birds, he will also provide for us.
In the Old Testament of the Scriptures, one of the names for God is Jehovah-jireh, which actually means, “The Lord our provider.” The Lord always wanted the children of Israel to know that if they would follow, obey and trust him, then he would always provide for them. Jesus taught in Matthew that God has not changed, but will do the same for the New Testament Christian.
What does God provide for us? In Matthew 6:33, we are told that if we put Jesus Christ and his kingdom first in our lives, the Lord has promised to provide our basic needs. But God provides so much more.
The most-important thing he provides is a way to have peace with him, forgiveness for our sins and eternal life — all made possible by the sending of his Son, who became a sacrifice for our sins. He also provides comfort when we mourn, fellowship when we are lonely, and encouragement when we are discouraged.
He provides things we take for granted, like the air we breathe and the rain that gives us water. Take time today to think about all the things the Lord provides in your life, and then take the time to give the Lord thanks.
If you are not a believer, then there is something you really need to understand that God provides: a way for you to be free from your burden of sin that controls you, from guilt and from eternal death. The Lord wants to provide you with a new life and new hope.