"I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."Psalm 121:1-2
When acrobats are learning their stuff, they practice over a sturdy net, just in case. When they've got their tricks down cold and really want to shine, they whisk the net away and show off their fearless perfection.
Growing up can feel like that. As long as you live in your parents' house, you've got a safety net. You know Mom and Dad are right down the hall if you need anything. But moving out—to college and beyond—is like leaving that net behind. Sure, you have a Resident Assistant down the hall and a roommate in the bottom bunk, but it's just not the same.
As a Christian, though, you're always working with a net: God's promise to provide for your needs. And that includes your college needs—physical, emotional and even financial. God won't necessarily drop $10,000 in your lap, but he will take care of you and help you. It's a promise you can count on, because you've tested it before.
Over the next few weeks, use these verses and questions to jog your memory about God's faithful provision throughout your life. This look at the past is guaranteed to give you confidence for the future.
Before You Were Born
You have never been more helpless than you were before birth. But God had his eye on you even then.
See Psalm 139:13-16 and Jeremiah 1:5.
Make a list of all the good things God was doing for you before you even took your very first breath. Were you a healthy baby with 10 fingers and 10 toes? Was good medical care available? Had someone in your family found faith in Jesus? Before you ever did anything right or wrong, your life was full of God's gifts.
As You Grew Up
Think back to the days before you had your driver's license, before your part-time job, before you were saving money or doing much of anything to support yourself. You probably didn't understand exactly where the food, clothes and fun stuff came from, and you probably didn't care. You knew you were provided for, and that was enough.
See Psalm 103:13 and Luke 12:22-26.
Take a mental trip through your childhood, stopping at the times when money was particularly scarce or surprisingly plentiful. How was God present in both your fears and your joys? How can you keep him involved in both situations when they continue to come up as you get older?
From Now to Forever
College is a testing time for both you and your parents. You all know in your minds that God will be there, supplying your needs wherever you go, but now's the time to trust him completely—without the safety net of
home. And while trust is always scary, there's no safer place to put your trust than in the promises of God.
See Isaiah 58:11 and Philippians 4:19.
You surely have a list of material worries right now: footing the tuition bill, keeping the old car running, stretching a small school-supplies budget, finding a job. Go ahead and list them, then give that list to God. By getting all those concerns out of your head, you'll make room for the peace God wants to give you. He's provided before, and he'll do it again.