Second reason it might seem that God does not keep his promise to provide:
INDIVIDUAL CAPABILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS
Although it is true that God once chose a shepherd boy to become a king, that is not the usual outcome for shepherds even in America the land where anybody can be president!
Shepherds can generally expect to be shepherds; some might aspire to own their own sheep and become a landowner. Occasionally one might be an airplane pilot or college president, who knows! However, although people are created equal, there are ways in which they are not equal – brains, brawn, agility, curiosity, influence, opportunity, among others. Every job has requirements. If you don’t fit, do something else. (This paragraph got way too long so I’m stopping here. Will take it up in another blog someday.)
One must not be cubby-holed into a misfit position. Ps. 128:1, 2 promises happiness and satisfaction in one’s job: “Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”
Even before the earth was cursed, God gave Adam a job to do. Worthwhile work is a blessing! The following scriptures are security for those who wish to have satisfactory jobs that provide a sufficient income to “have lack of nothing.” First is 1 Thes. 4:11, 12 “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you: That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.” Paul doesn’t indicate that it is necessarily easy, I paraphrase the verse like this: “Sit down, get to work, and mind your own business.” 😀
And next, consider Is. 3:10 “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.” Every person should consider his own interests, abilities, goals, and ambition in seeking the Lord’s plan for his life, with the assurance that the Lord’s plan for him is success as described in Ps. 37:23-26.
Have reasonable expectations, buy what you can afford; do not (in faith) buy what you can’t afford whether using credit card or cash! God does not deal in the red.
One reason some might doubt that God is a provider, is that he does not always answer in the way we wish, or perhaps not as quickly as we want. One might pray for a wedding ring having in mind the beauty that costs $3600; God’s provision might be for the one that costs $36.00. Remember, the ring was provided! And be thankful! God is Jehovah-Jireh!