God’s Gracious Provision

Posted: November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

xrayFor those who weren’t able to make it out this past Sunday I want to share with you the personal story I shared to introduce my sermon. Years ago, when I went to seminary, the doctrine of God’s absolute sovereignty, the belief that He is in complete control of everything that happens, played a central role in the direction of my ministry. Little did I know at the time, that God would soon strengthen and deepen this conviction through our children.

As newly adoptive parents, we came into our daughter Emma’s life a week after she was born as she was still in the NICU, hooked up to every tube and wire imaginable having being born two months premature with a significant hole in her heart. And yet it was during those first few months of her then extremely fragile life with several emergency procedures and a very stressful open-heart surgery that the Lord gently reminded us that He was sovereign… that over and above everything our baby girl was going through, He was in control… providing and protecting.

Fast forward to the beginning of this year, and our older daughter Corina is diagnosed with scoliosis which, in her case, turned out to be a 40 degree curve in her spine. After months of wearing what is known as a Boston brace, we were recently told that it wasn’t working as they had hoped and that corrective surgery is inevitable. Well about a month ago we attended a support group for girls with scoliosis where we heard about another brace that is made in Spain which some of these girls had used with great success… so much so that some now didn’t need to have surgery. As you can imagine, we decided to look into it.

After prayerfully weighing our options and discussing the financial challenges of traveling oversees, we decided that this was definitely something we wanted to provide for our daughter. And so, I went about convincing my wife that we didn’t need to worry about the cost, I was a financial wizard after all, and would figure out the financing. When in reality, not only am I the opposite of a financial wizard, but if I am being honest, I was starting to get pretty stressed about the situation.

Well, of course, God was already at work, and through the loving generosity of some families here at FBC, the financial concern for this trip has been completely taken care of! The Lord has not only humbled us but reminded us once again, that He is in control and able to provide for His children. As a result, this Saturday my daughter Corina and I are flying to Barcelona for the week to fit her for her new brace.

All of this has certainly been yet another reminder that in the face of life’s uncertainty, God is in control. And I don’t know about you and what you are going through in life right now, but in the midst of my worry and anxiety, I hear the words of my Saviour telling me once again…

Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:25-33 (ESV)

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