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God is my helper!
The Lord is the provider for my life.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
I can't ever remember a time in my life when I have been in desperate need of any of the necessities of life. I've had short spans of being hungry, but food has always been nearby and I've never had to go hungry. I've been cold, but I've also always had the necessary clothing to keep me warm. There have been many times in my life when I may have felt deprivation, but my needs have always been rather quickly filled.
We live in a society of abundance and there are many caring, generous people among us. There is not much excuse to go very long without anything that we must have. Someone is there if we look and ask. And that is the key to receiving what we need: You must ask and let your needs be known.
Desperation can be a blinding and deceitful force. We look in areas of the world where there is great need. Places stricken with drought and disease. Nations torn by war. People sick, suffering, and dying. We might wonder where God is in those situations. It's a dilemma that many struggle with. I don't have the exact answers, but I have thoughts on the matter.
Generationally speaking, the quality of life of any group is a matter of consequences. Uncontrollable circumstances such as climate and natural disaster can certainly play a part in how a people fares, but there are also matters of attitudes, beliefs, and understanding that must be taken into account when considering circumstance. When things around us change then we must change accordingly. We can't always count on ourselves and we shouldn't be dependent on the government to sustain us.
Work is necessary for survival. Faith can be hard work in the face of adversity. When things get tough we need to learn to ask for help and have faith that the help we seek will come to us.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
New International Version (NIV)