Sometimes… okay, a lot of the time… most of the time, I have trouble seeing God’s promises and provision through my situation. I’ve even taken a Sharpie to my arm to remind myself that God is greater than my circumstance and He is able to see me through. In my frustration, I ask God to send me His provision. I remind Him of His promise (like He’s forgotten what He said).
My line of questioning should not be whether or not God has sent the answer, but rather, whether or not I have seen His answer.
There is a great Old Testament account that brings this to light. Here is some back story: Elisha has been helping the kings of Israel and they’ve been kicking butt with all the information that God has been providing through Elisha. All of the other kings are getting tired of having their butts kicked and decide to gang up on Elisha once they realise he’s the reason behind it all. Elisha and his servant are camped out in a city and, one morning, the servant heads outside the tent and sees a massive army surrounding the city. He tells Elisha they’re in trouble.
So he [Elisha] answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
II Kings 6:16
At this point, I’m sure that the servant is sure Elisha has gone mad overnight. But Elisha sticks with his observation.
And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
II Kings 6:17 (NKJV)
In this case, it wasn’t that God had not sent the provision, it was that the servant couldn’t see it.
I know that, in my life, I need to focus more on what God has provided for me rather than looking for all that I think He hasn’t. His promise is sure. He hasn’t failed me yet, why would I think that He ever would?