In times of disaster they will not wither, in days of famine, they will enjoy plenty.” Psalm 37:19
I recently remembered this scripture while considering how coronavirus is impacting our U.S. economy (and many economies around the world). In fact, when I was laid off several years ago, I memorized this scripture and would often reference it in my prayers, particularly when I felt afraid that I would completely run out of resources to take care of myself. I also really like this scripture because it gives you hope and inspires faith that there is a provision available for every one of us. Now, that provision may look very differently today than it did yesterday, but it's still there and reflects God's faithfulness towards us.
The principle of provision became real to me shortly after a job layoff and car accident (literally within days of each other). I didn’t have a full-time job or car anymore, but fortunately, I still had food to eat and a place to sleep. And several years earlier, when I was going through a divorce and considering moving into an extended-stay motel until I got on my feet again, a few friends invited me to live with them instead, free of charge. I agreed to stay for only 30 days, mainly so I wouldn't overburden them, but also so I would have time to find a second job and save the money to put a deposit on my own apartment. And by the grace of God, 30 days later, I was able to do all of those things. These experiences truly demonstrated God’s provision in my life, and thankfully, I was able to recognize and appreciate these blessings.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I know of many people who have received food donations, student loan deferment and some level of housing assistance to help them maintain their homes. I’ve also known of others who have taken on part-time work, to continue supplementing their incomes. All of these examples - even the ability and opportunity to work - represent a provision from the Lord.
No matter where you are today, I’d like to offer a prayer of hope, that specifically points to God’s supernatural provision:
“Father in Heaven, I thank you for the opportunity to pray for the many people who may be experiencing a very difficult time right now, as a result of a job loss – or lost income – due to coronavirus. I pray encouragement for each of them and that you will give them a sign of hope that what you said in Psalm 37:19 can be true for them too. I also pray that you will reveal yourself as the Provider in their lives and that you will open new doors to help them continue moving forward.
And for those who aren’t experiencing lack during this time, please inspire them to reach out to others who might be struggling and share a provision as well – whether it’s a financial gift, a delicious meal, an encouraging phone call or a heartfelt prayer – because we're all connected and need each other right now and always.
Thank you, Lord, for providing for us every single day. This I pray in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.”
I am praying and believing that you will recognize and experience God's provision in even greater ways each day.
Always on your side,