There’s a lot of stuff to do right before Christmas. So much of it seems to put a strain on my family finances. I always think I’m going to be prepared for the extra expenses but each year I still worry that I will have enough food, gifts and all those extras that come with celebrating.
Definition – Provision (noun) prə vi ʒn 1. Supplying of something; the act of providing or supplying something. 2. Action taken to prepare for something; a preparatory step taken to meet a possible or expected need. 3. Something provided; something provided or supplies. 4. Legal clause stating condition; a clause in a law or contract stating that a condition must be met.
I know there are a ton of verses in the Bible about God’s ability to meet our needs in every circumstance. But when the bank account is low and young kids are expecting a wish fulfilled from Santa Clause it’s very hard to feel secure in God’s provision. When my boys were young, this seemed like a battle every single Christmas. Now that I don’t have a house of Santa believers anymore, I still sometimes feel that same tension between wanting to feel confident in knowing God provides all I need and seeing a reality of a laundry list of expenses that far exceeds that balance in the bank.
What do I do? Play the lottery and pray for a miracle? I think what I find most helpful is to reflect back on the past. While it’s tempting to tell myself “this happens every year!” and feel exasperated that I didn’t prepare better, the reality is Christmas comes and goes with the same wonderful celebration, good feelings and happiness despite a good or bad financial situation. What actually “happens every year” is that everything ends up being okay. My worries and concerns never come to fruition.
The best place to start looking for God’s provision in with my own attitude. Feeling that infinite supply comes before finding it in its physical form. Seeing doesn’t always find us believing. Believing needs to come first. When I consider the fact that by December 26 of each and every year I have lived on earth there have been no regrets, bellies were full of Christmas dinner, leftovers were in the refrigerator and children were playing with their new toys. Believing this will be true is essential to letting God’s provision be the miracle that it is each and every year. This is the heart of faith.
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” – Matt 21:22