#5 Moments of Hope with Pastor Jerry Rice

God is never caught off guard. We, however, are often caught off guard. In a very short time period, the situation with the Coronavirus has drastically changed many people’s lives. Know that as a child of God He is thinking of you at all times. He always has a plan of taking care of His children even in the midst of suffering.
In John 6, we read where a large crowd was following Jesus. He knew the people were hungry, so He turned to Philip and asked, “Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all these people? ‘ He was testing Philip, for He already knew what He was going to do’”(John 6:5-6, LB). Philip was worried because he could only see things from his limited perspective. Jesus, however, was not worried because he already had a plan in mind to feed the people.
I have personally questioned how my own needs would be met in the past. When I was an evangelist in the early 80s, I traveled from church to church to preach revivals. I provided for my family through the offerings from these churches. At one point, a pastor from a Church that I would be speaking at had to suddenly cancel the engagement. I was worried because my work as an evangelist was both my calling and our only source of income. I walked into the kitchen and told my wife that I was worried about the situation. She said, “You preach on faith! Act like you have a little!” Walking back into my office, I prayed and thanked the Lord that my needs had always been met. When I finished praying, the phone rang and a man from Buford, Georgia who had attended a revival service weeks before called to say “The Lord spoke to me last Sunday in church and said I was to sell my truck and send you the profit. I have sold the truck and am sending you the check. It should arrive Monday.” It was not a large sum of money, but it met my family’s needs.
Before I even knew about my need, God had already made a plan to provide for my family. We learned a new song recently at Church that says, “Even when I don’t see it, you’re working. Even when I don’t feel it, you’re working. You never stop, you never stop working.” Many people are in a difficult place right now, but always remember that God has not forsaken you. It may take time for this all to pass over, but in the end, God will make all things new.