All through Scripture there are opportunities for us to see the care and provision of our God to His people, to those who know His steadfast love. From the substitution of a ram for Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah, to manna in the wilderness, to the feeding of the 5,000, to Jesus’ atonement for our sins. His abundant, unfailing supply is everywhere, drenching the pages of His word.  

I wonder what comes to mind first when you think about the vast range of accounts of God’s provision? For me, I am often brought back to a small reminder of how intentional and specific God’s care is in the book of Deuteronomy. Mentioned three times in the Old Testament is a variance of this phrase:
“Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet."
(Deuteronomy 29:5)
Now, if your family looks anything like mine, you know the peril of the short lives of footwear, especially the shiny, black leather shoes that grace the feet of school-aged children. Within just a mere few weeks of playtime scuffs appear, shoelaces fray, and the shine wears off. There is a certain demise that they quickly meet from scrapes, sandpits and soccer games. Yet here we see that in the midst of decades of desert wandering, the clothes of the Israelites did not deteriorate and their sandals were preserved for their journey.  

It is a small detail, but its inclusion in God’s Word has always felt like such a kindness to me. Its repetition reminds me that this tender attention is not to be missed. Our God is One who focuses, in the most detailed and compassionate ways, on everything from our greatest and eternal desperations to our smallest and everyday necessities.  

Whilst I haven’t seen a miraculous preserving of my children’s school shoes, I have seen time and time again that my Father, your Father, our good, good Father, abounds in wise, loving, and faithful care and provision for the precise needs of my life. And because He loves us the same - equally, infinitely, and extravagantly – I know that He will be doing the same for you too. We can rely on Him. Whether or not we can see it (and more often we can’t) His diligence and sufficiency is perfect.

So I encourage you, take some time to pause today.  
  • Where can you see God’s provision? Thank Him.  
  • Are you feeling insecure about His faithfulness? Tell Him.  
  • Would you like to see Him act clearly to resolve a deep longing in your life? Ask Him.  

And then listen. Open His word. Hear Him declare and demonstrate His promises, because He will. He will strengthen your faith and comfort your heart.