Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:9-11 ESV)
This has evolved into a series other than money. It appears that it’s now become more of a “provision” series. The stories I’ve gotten through email and Facebook are stories of God revealing himself in all kinds of ways, not just through financial provision.
As I’ve sat down to knock out a few posts, thousands of instances where God has provided for me financially were bouncing up in down in my head, wanting me to share them. But there were so many. Some little, some small. Some I wrote down, some I’ve just tucked away for remembrance the next time I’m staring at a difficult financial situation.
In an effort to weed through these beautiful acts of God’s generous heart, I pulled up my “Desires” list. It’s a running list I’ve kept for a few years containing four categories:
1. Desires or words God has given and then fulfilled (these are desires I had or desires I felt like the Lord placed in my heart and told me were going to happen)
2. Beyond what I’ve desired (These are desires that turned out phenomenally more amazing than I could have ever imagined)
3. Desires or words I’m still waiting on (These are desires that I have that have yet to be fulfilled)
4. Desires or words God has given and then not fulfilled the way I thought He would (this one is self explanatory)
Check this out:
Under “Desires or words God has given and then fulfilled”—29 items
Under “Beyond what I’ve desired”—16 items
Under “Desires or words I’m still waiting on”—8 items
Under “Desires or words God has given and then not fulfilled the way I thought He would”—5 items
I just reviewed the list again.
I honestly don’t think I’m skimping on that last item. They were desires, like the title explains, God fulfilled differently than I expected (a nice way of saying I was disappointed).
Most items on the “Desires” list are pretty big things or things I was/have been praying over for a long time.
The main thing I see from these numbers is this: God is not stingy when it comes to giving good gifts to his children!
He’s also not reticent in fulfilling desires that he places in the hearts of his children.
I look at this list and I feel very spoiled. I also am humbled as I think about all the times I’ve been frustrated with God for how long He’s taking or for not providing when I thought he should. I feel humbled when I think about all the times I’ve been fearful and all the times I’ve wrung my hands and wondered, “What if He doesn’t provide this time?”
Does He ever think, “Silly Katherine”? Because I do…
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 ESV)