This week’s journal prompt is to identify the name for God that we feel the most comfortable with. Since Scripture has many names for God, any Biblical name is up for grabs.
For me, the most obvious name for God that I use on a regular basis is God my Provider. I have seen again and again how God provides for me and for His servants. Ever since I have lived away from my parents (10 years now) I have lived below the “poverty line” (according to American standards). However, I do not feel poor at all. God has continued to provide for my every need, and even almost every single one of my wants. As a support-raising missionary for the past 4 years, I have relied upon the Body of Christ and their generosity for finances. And God has been faithful. Whether we receive donations of $700 in a month (which happened regularly at the beginning), or $4,000 in a month (which has only happened a couple of times), we have never had to miss paying a single bill. God blessed us with the ability to buy a house in Kenai and even when we were in Chicago for a year with a salary of only $500 a month (because we were part time missionaries…any extra donations were put in an account for when we returned), we ended up leaving Chicago with 5 times more money in our bank account than when we arrived. That didn’t even make any sense! Having a mortgage, rent, and food costs, our $500 a month should not have even covered half of our expenses. Yet God provided. Of course God has provided in many many more ways than simply financially. God has provided me with a wonderful family. The happiest part of my day is always when I get to just sit around and cuddle with my wife and two children. God has also provided us with great communities wherever we go. The Church has always been an extended family for us. God also provides through His Creation. We are blessed every year with a great harvest of fish, berries, moose, caribou, and other game. Some we catch ourselves, and some is given to us by others. God also provides us with His Creation for fun. Through hiking, riding around, snowmachining, seeing the Northern Lights, and much more, we see God provide all the time.