A First5 entry had me look up these verses and then summarize what they said. I thought the progression was really interesting. Let’s work through them again in this post.
First verse is: Deut 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Next verse is: Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Then we looked up this verse: Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
The last verse: Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
What do we see in these verses? I love how it starts simply, “I am with you so be strong and courageous”. I can rest in the surety that my God is with me and He gives me strength and courage to face whatever circumstances come along.
Then we move closer to the root of the matter. As I come to love and trust God more, I desire what He wants. I truly mean the words that His Kingdom come, His will be done here on earth. So He delights in fulfilling the desires of my heart since my desires are for His will to be done.
As my trust in Him grows, my desires are for His will to be done, then I trust that His will for me is good and that even in bad circumstances, He is working for my good to come out of that. So I can truly pray for His will to be done and then rest that it will be ok, even when the storms get rough.
This is where the last verse comes in. He will supply my EVERY need in whatever circumstances I am in. He put me there, He knows what I need, He will meet every need. I can relax and trust Him.
The memory verse for another Bible study I’m doing is James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
That is a good one to remember, because often I get into circumstances and try to handle them all on my own in my own strength and wisdom. But He promises to give me wisdom if I turn to Him and ask. That’s all I have to do – ask. And He will provide generously and graciously.