God does provide…but sometimes not because it is his will…but because we ask.
This is why my name is “Phoenix”. I have been knocked on my rear and crawled out of the ashes so many times! I love the prayer of Jabez…for me, it puts things in some perspective. And amazingly, every time I habitually pray that prayer, my world opens in a different way. So far it has been professionally, but at heart it is a prayer of submission to God’s will. Let Thy will be done not mine…please bless me. Expand my horizons. How many metaphors are there for horizons?
What we have to realize is that God may assist us with material poessessions if we NEED them, but he also has a hand in our professinal, personal, and spiritual lives. I have seen a pattern…God has always given us (meaning my family, as well as myself when I moved away from home) what we needed. I haven’t always seen where money came from or how I managed to pay bills, obtain various successess, etc, but somehow things have worked out. God does provide, but he does requre something from us…that we at least try to follow his will.
I was seperated from the church for a long time, but still a believer. I never abandoned my Bible, I always prayed, especially when in crisis, and I didn’t realize until I really hit bottome and submitted to God’s will that he was there all along.
I believe that God’s response to our will is this: “OK, my child, I know what you WANT, so go ahead and do it, get it out of your system. Just to help you realize your lie to yourself, I’ll open the doors. That way you won’t suffer for no purpose. But when you realize that I’m right, come on back and I’ll show you the right way to do things.”
God is really our father and acts as one. How many parents actually allow their children to “get away” with what they think is their will, only so the littel ones will learn?
I believe your friend will learn this same thing. Pray for her. You may have nothing in common now, but she will learn that God is not about material possessions bot Grace, and will provide when things and graces are NEEDED.