Where God Guides, God Provides…Except When He Doesn’t
It’s one of the most cherished of Calvary Chapel canards…where God guides, God provides.
It is not unique to them…it’s a part of American evangelicalism.
Thus, if you’re “successful” in your ministry, that is the proof that what you’re doing is God’s will.
Big churches obviously have the attention and blessing of the Lord…the struggling brothers, not so much.
Conversely, if you strike out and are not successful…if you’re barely paying the bills and few are responding to your ministry…then obviously God’s not in it.
Paul would never have received an invitation to speak at a conference…
“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.”
(Philippians 4:10–14 ESV)
“Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.”
(2 Corinthians 6:2–10 ESV)
Let me tell you what God provides.
He provides you with the faith to remain faithful where He guides you…whether it looks successful to the world or not.
Faithfulness is usually rewarded on the other side, not here.
Here, you may be broke and broken, despised and discarded by most.
You also may be doing something only you have been called to do for the kingdom.