provision

Our God specializes in provision among countless other things. It’s just who He is.  He enjoys meeting our needs.  Even more than that, He loves when we trust Him to meet those needs without hesitation.  God’s provision and faithfulness is evident all throughout Scripture.  Think about the Israelites, for instance, despite all their poor decisions and mistakes: God still gave them His provision. (Exodus 16:1-36) However, the people of Israel knew there would be consequences for the sin and disobedience they showed against God. (Numbers 32:13)  Which, as you know resulted in the people wandering around in the wilderness for the following 40 years.   After those 40 years, all of the other Israelites had died-except Joshua and Caleb.  They were the only two who actually made it to the Promised Land.

That’s often the case with our frail human flesh isn’t it? God blesses us beyond measure and sometimes we’re totally ungrateful just like the Israelites with the manna and quail.  There was a particular season of my life where I saw so much of myself in the those people.  At that time in my walk with Christ I wasn’t fully content with my identity in Him mainly because of my circumstances and having Cerebral Palsy.  I had every blessing here on earth as well as every spiritual blessing in Heaven. (Ephesians 1:3)   I just wasn’t using everything I’ve been given to my advantage.  You also have these blessings through Christ.   I am so incredibly grateful to say that God has shifted my perspective 180 degrees since having walked through that season.   The truth is, God always provides-no matter what.  He always keeps His word.  Even when we’ve given Him every reason to walk away from us, God doesn’t leave our side.

There’s a passage in 2 Corinthians 9:8-14 that’s speaks directly to God’s provision over us. Paul is telling the Corinthians to trust that God will provide for them, just as He has faithfully done in the past.  Again, I see so much of myself in the Corinthians here.  I believe they knew God would provide but they were craving a reminder so desperately.  Which is what Paul gives them in verse eight by saying, “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. “  

Paul continues reminding them of God’s provision throughout the rest of the passage (v. 9-14) Often, I find myself needing to be reminded of the provision almost daily- He can provide. For instance, whenever I get a new Certified Nursing Assistant and things don’t necessarily go as I had hoped they would.  In moments such as this, I stop and remind myself of God’s faithfulness and provision to me.  He always provides just what I need and so much more.  And, He will do the same for you.  I promise.

I want us to look a verse ten for a second. “For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.”  These words never cease to amaze because they are evident of the provision we have in Christ.  I have witnessed the truth of this Scripture radiate throughout my life time and time again.  The older I get and the more mature in Christ I become, the more I’m beginning to understand the “harvest of generosity” Paul is referencing in verse ten. If we are standing in the confident assurance that God will always provide for us, it helps be more generous toward others.

In 1 Kings 17:17-24 through the story of “Elijah and the Widow’s Son” God’s provision is the focal point and healing is so beautifully woven into the context.  God was faithful in providing for the widow and her son when they seemed to have nothing left-but God. Using Elijah, God brought healing, wholeness and restoration to both of them. They didn’t starve to death and her son was healed of his illness. Why? Because He always provides for us.

Now, try and think of a time in your life when God provided for you. How did that make you feel?  Did it deepen your relationship with Christ? 

And, if you’re seeking His provision today- Trust me when I tell you, He will provide for you in His timing and however He sees fit.

“The Lord is my shepherd;

    I have all that I need.

 He lets me rest in green meadows;

    he leads me beside peaceful streams.

 He renews my strength.

He guides me along right paths,

    bringing honor to his name.”

Psalm 23:1-3 NLT

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