How empty that can sound, when you’re worried about achieving something that’s important to you, meeting a bill, caring for your family. It sounds easy and pointless to just stop struggling and wait for the miracle. But it’s not easy, because (a) we’re hard-wired or socialised to achieve things, and to look after ourselves and our children/dependents; (b) it’s scary to let go; and (c) that sounds like giving up, doesn’t it? And we’ve all learned that quitters never win.
The thing is, what’s needed on our part is not “giving up.” God provides, but we have to open ourselves to His provision. We have to position ourselves to receive. That means we need to draw close to Him, to trust Him and to know Him.
It’s like sailing. The wind provides the energy to move the boat. You don’t need oars or an engine. The wind provides, but to make the boat move, you have to know the wind. I’m not a sailor. I wouldn’t have the first idea how to position sails to have the wind move me in the right direction. So if I were in a sailboat out at sea, the wind could provide all it wanted, I’d go nowhere. Because I don’t know the wind at all.
There was a time when I didn’t know God either, and I struggled away, seemingly on my own, never making much progress. But I know Him now, more and more, and I’m at my best when I make time for Him, and open myself to his guidance. And then He provides. Every. Single. Time.
It turns out, all you need to do is ask.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
John 6:21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.