And Yet . . . God Provides

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Pastor Deb Kielsmeier

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Our mid-week services this Lent have focused on God’s promises to us and this year’s theme.  We acknowledge our reality – Our lives may know joy and sorrow, transition, and uncertainty. And YET, and yet… God promises! – God promises to be with us, to encourage and guide us, to provide for us and to be with us, always.

When the ground under our feet seems to shake – God’s promises are a solid rock upon which we can stand.

During this strange season of a pandemic, political tension and uncertainty in our world, anxiety levels have increased for many of us.  You may have been up at night – staring at the ceiling and asking… What if this health issue does not resolve? How will I pay my bills next month? What about this issue at work, that relationship, my finances, our children, family, the climate, and the future… and the list goes on.

Fear, when it is healthy, is a natural reaction that stimulates the fight or flight impulse in us. That is crucial when we are faced with a dangerous threat. We are on alert with problem-solving thinking in high gear. But when fear turns into an ongoing anxiety and worry it disrupts our lives and can compromise our health.  It robs us of peace and joy and can cloud our judgment.

The bible is full of verses that exhort us not to worry, or to live fear-filled lives. The problem is that we all would love to stop worrying. But it is hard. It takes more than just singing – Don’t worry, Be Happy.

Thankfully the Bible is not only full of stories about worry and fear. It also consistently points to the one thing that can free us from worry and anxiety. God’s faithfulness. When we trust in God and the AND YET of God’s promises… we can lay down our burden and find peace.

For example: In Matthew 6 Jesus tells us,

do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 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. Are you not much more valuable than they?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

Do you see what happens when we focus upon the GIVER – the Provider?  It takes the focus off us and how are ‘we’ going to survive? And places our mind upon God – the One from whom all blessings flow.

Jesus Knew how easily we are gripped by worry and anxiety. And how easily we sink into the belief that “there’s not enough.” Whatever it is.

And he reminds us that God is bigger than us, more able than we are. Most of the things we worry about we cannot really do much about anyway.  But GOD is the giver of all good gifts. And we are the sheep of this very good shepherd.

The abundance and generosity of our God knows no bounds. Just look at Genesis One.  It is a Litany of Abundance. Out of nothing God creates – stars, oceans, mountains, plants, fish, animals, humankind, infusing all creation with life and vitality.

Then God continues to provide throughout Bible: God blesses Abraham, Sarah with more descendants than stars in the sky. God provides manna and water in the desert wilderness. Jesus turns water into the best wine ever. He feeds the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish, heals the sick and raises the dead to life.

The abundance of life is everywhere.

And the Abundance of God will not end. Our lives will end in God. Our well-being cannot be taken from us. Neither life nor death nor angels nor principalities nor things — nothing can separate us from God.

“God is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine”  (Ephes 3:20)

And from today’s scripture hear this…

God able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.

My prayer for you this week is that when the “what ifs” keep you awake at night, or when your stomach knots up with worry –remember.  And YET, AND YET. God is able. God sees and cares for you. God will provide. And our GOD is faithful.


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