We've been realizing financial "concerns" in a number of areas lately, which is probably what caused me to be a little nervous about what we'd do for dinner; student loans and tuition payments have become a nasty combination when set against a $10 an hour job! So this week we've started praying again about how God might want to provide, how we can practice trusting Him when we can't see what's next, and how we can responsibly steward what we have and even what we don't have.
So God always uses my silly concerns (ie. dinner) to remind me of His character. Being a snow day, our landlords were home too. Around 3 pm they knocked on the door and invited us to have dinner with them for the first time. It was such a small thing, but I know it was my God reminding me that He provides for our every need. And didn't He teach us to pray for no more than our daily bread? Sometimes I get really worked up and want to pressure Him to provide my yearly bread- now!- (or school loan, or tuition payment, or mission trip) but He gently reminds me He hasn't necessarily promised to work that way. He has promised to teach me how to depend on Him and to trust Him to provide enough for today.
Remember the Israelites in the wilderness? God miraculously provided Manna for them daily- and plenty!- but they were instructed not to take more than they needed for that day. (See previous post, "Money and Manna Part 1")
I don't know what He has in store for our financial provision, but I know He is capable. And I know He is good. And I know His main goal is not to make me comfortable- it's to make me confident in Him.