Your on the way to the cash point; you have your money on your mind, bills set aside and know that you have some spare for other things. You get to the cash point, check your balance and…oh no, there’s nothing there! You had everything planned of how to spend the money just to discover there is none to spend. You anticipated a certain amount and now you feel let down. What about my bills? What about bobs birthday present? What? Why? When? And so on…
Money is important but money is not God. When you think about food, what comes to your mind when you think of where it came from? The shop right? I would have thought that. Lets take this to the next level, the manufacturer right? Getting warmer. Oh, the farm where the food grows? Or the tree right? So close! Lets go even further than this. When we trace all food (exluding things that were once living for now) we see that it all started with a seed, a tiny seed that grew into something that could fill our stomaches! Where did the seed come from? I think the account of creation in Genesis gives us some idea, yes, it came from God! Then we have the cows and pigs, chickens and so on, these were once something so small that grew up to be food.
In the begginning God provided and he still provides today. We forget this because Gods provison is masked by self-sufficiency and co dependancy rather than God dependency. It’s good to be independent and take serious our God given responsibilities, it’s also good being co-dependent and working as a team. Yet somewhere along the line we have cast God aside and trusted more in the work of our hands than our creator. When we here bible verses saying the Lord will provide we tend to think only of the miracles of Gods provision, like the manna from Heaven in exodus 16, or the flour mentioned in the story of Elijah and the Widow at Zarephat in 1 kings 17.
Yet who says the verse ‘the Lord will provide’ only means food? When we think of provision, money or food are usually our first thoughts. Yet consider the other provisions of God; the air we breathe, eye sight, family and friends, talents, words and much more. These provisions are freely given. Without these provisions in the first place we wouldn’t be able to obtain what is necessary for our lives. Without the provision of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross we could not obtain eternal life.
Sometimes I have wondered about the starving people in the world and where Gods provision is for them. That’s why what is about to be said is so important to our faith in Christ, because without this understanding the goodness of God will always be doubted. One other essential part of Gods provision is each other. Adam was created from the dust of the ground, God saw that it was not good for man to be alone so he created Eve. Eve was made out of Adams rib (his side) why not make her from the ground? Because God was teaching us from the beginning we were created to be together not independent. God didn’t create her from the head or the foot as an indication of our co-dependency as well as the uniqueness of Eve. You see, she still had her independence as a unique created being, but she also knew that her purpose would not be fulfilled without this living together in untiy.
The Lord has given us so much, from beautiful views of his creation, our families and even himself. It is not just about food, Jesus is our spiritual bread providing far more nutrition than the sunday roast dinner ever could. We may not have been born into the best families and think what God has provided us with is not his best; we may not have had enough money to feed ourselves sometimes and wonder where Gods provision was. Have you asked him? And if like me you were not born into the greatest family and have had your doubts about Gods goodness and provision, then there is one more thing that is important to know. God has provided us with a will, the ability to choose and the freedom to ask. You can choose to let your past and experiences define who you are, or you can let God define you. ‘The Lord will provide’, this is not just a nice sounding motto, this is biblical based life changing truth. Sometimes, however, God will require a step of faith before providing. Like when Abraham took a leap of faith to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham knew in his heart the Lord would provide the lamb for the sacrifice.
So, have you asked God to meet all your needs in Christ? Are you trusting him to provide. There is no limits to Gods provision, the only limit is how much we believe in it.
Genesis 22:14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”
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Peace and God bless.