Choose a number in your head. Choose any number. Go.
Some of you are tempted not to pick a number and keep on reading, but stop for a moment and pick a number. Quick.
What number did you select? Almost every time this experiment is done, the vast majority of people choose a number somewhere between one and one hundred.
But why select a number so low when we can choose any number in existence? We could choose 428,367 or 120,749,634,980.8.
One reason is that many of us have learned over time that we should choose things that are smaller, more manageable, and familiar. We should stick with what we know, what we can handle, what we can produce ourselves.
In the same way, we tend to stick with what is familiar when it comes to God. Yet God is constantly calling us to turn to Him, to rely on Him, and to discover the truth that He wants to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).
Sometimes it’s hard to remember this truth when we’re faced with financial challenges or limited resources. We may find ourselves in situations in which we don’t see an out or a means of escape. As soon as we begin to doubt God as our Provider, worry moves into our lives and multiplies like bacteria.
Maybe that’s one reason why, throughout the Bible, God repeatedly reminded His people that He was the source of their provision. Consider the following:
- The fruits and vegetables that sprouted in the garden of Eden—provided by God (Genesis 1).
- The substitutionary ram that appeared before Abraham sacrificed Isaac—provided by God (Genesis 22).
- Pharaoh’s heart changing so the Israelites could go free—provided by God (Exodus 12).
- The healing of the ten lepers—provided by God (Luke 17).
- The coin in the fish’s mouth when the disciples needed to pay taxes—provided by God (Matthew 17).
- The unity found when the church was birthed in Acts—provided by God (Acts 2).
In fact, one of the names of God is Jehovah-jireh, meaning the God of Provision and Supply, the Lord of Plenty.
The great challenge for us is that in order to call on a God who provides, we must be in a position of need. And it’s this place of need that beckons us to worry. But the Bible grounds us in the truth that need is essential to experiencing the miraculous provision that only God can give. When we find ourselves tempted to worry about what we do not have, we can choose instead to call on God, who loves to give good gifts to His children.
From Overcoming Worry © 2013 Margaret Feinberg (Thomas Nelson) Used with permission. All rights reserved. Overcoming Worry is a 12-week Bible study, part of the Women of Faith Study Guide Series. Order your copy today.