providing

A single swallow, it is said, devours ten millions of insects every year.
The supplying of these insects I take to be a signal instance of the Creator’s bounty
in providing for the lives of His creatures.

Henry Ward Beecher

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(woodpecker tree / Red River Canyon, Alabama / Julie Cook / 2016)

“We are to count on this fact that we are dead to sin’s rule, that we can stand up to it and say no. Therefore we are to guard our bodies so that sin does not reign in us.
So we see that God has made provision for our holiness. Through Christ He has delivered us from sin’s reign so that we can now resist sin. But the responsibility for resisting is ours.”

Jerry Bridges

We are all wondering,
Fretting…
Our brows are furrowed.
We feel unsettled.
The times are growing evermore tumultuous.
We look twice, over our shoulders, full of worry.

Frustration
Nervousness
Hostility
Resentment
Distrust
Anger…
Each percolates to the surface
As anxiety reigns supreme

And yet we cling to our promise…
that He is there to provide…

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:1-5