November 15, 2020 by Kgalalelo
God is called Jehovah-Jireh, the one who provides. He is the source of everything on heaven and on earth. When you are in a situation where you don’t know where supply will come from, it is difficult to believe and agree with the scripture because humans want to see evidence before they believe.
We have the attitude of Thomas most of the time because we want to believe what we see (Read John 20:24-29). The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. You need to have faith that God will provide for you in tough circumstances even if you don’t know how He is going to do it.
In fact, how He does it is not your concern as He has infinite ways in which He can provide. We are introduced to God’s ability and power of provision in Genesis 22. God had instructed Abraham to go to the area of Moriah and sacrifice his only son, Isaac, as a burnt offering to the Lord there.
Abraham was a man of great faith, he trusted God and so saddled the donkey the next morning, took his son and two servants to accompany him. When he was about to reach Moriah, he asked the servants to stay behind and took his son Isaac, wood for fire and the knife as he ascended to the place God had commanded him to go to.
On their way there, scripture tells us that Isaac asked his father a question and got a response, he said, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”
At that point, Abraham didn’t have anything for the offering except obeying God’s word to sacrifice the son that he loved. He told his son that God would provide, for this is the nature of God. Obedience to the Word of God is critical in our lives for God knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end.
When Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, God called out to him and stopped him. When Abraham looked up, he saw a ram caught by the horns in the ticket. “He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So, Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide” (Genesis 22:13).
In the bible, the first letters of the entire statement, “The Lord Will Provide”, are written in capital letters to emphasise the nature of God and the importance of us capturing the proclamation. When faith is tested, usually, that’s when our true character comes out. Matthew 12:34 says, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”.
When your heart is full of faith and trust for the Lord, what you speak and act, shall be apparent, but when the heart is filled with doubt, that will show as well. Abraham trusted and obeyed without questioning, as a result, he became the father of many nations. God gave him more than he could have ever asked for and this blessing was extended to his descendants.
Genesis 22:15-18 tells us that, “The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
As a result of what Jesus did on the cross those who believe can declare the same way, that God Will Provide and He will. We are also the seed of Abraham and the same grace is upon us. We are co-heirs with Christ and because we are sons and daughters of God, we can go before Him in prayer and ask for whatever we need according to His will and we will have it.
Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”.
God’s Will or plan is that we should have life and have it more abundantly, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Further, His Will as Paul explains it is for us to have more than we currently have, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
When you settle it in your heart that God will provide, you follow Him like a child as Abraham did. In Matthew 18:3 Jesus says, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”. Children take your word in faith without arguing. They believe that what you say you will do.
If you tell your child that you will buy him something even if it looks impossible to get, they simply believe. We need to go back to having faith like the little ones and not question everything all the time. If Abraham had questioned God about the provision of the burnt offering and did not do what God had told him, He wouldn’t have been called the father of many nations.
He would have never inherited anything from God. His obedience ensured that those who came after him were sorted. They did not have to labour or exert themselves and this was confirmed in Joshua 24: 13, “So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant”.
God made a covenant with Abraham since He obeyed Him, that the good land with everything in it, shall be given to his descendants. The land was taken away from the dwellers of Canaan who worshipped idols and did things that were despicable in the eyes of the Lord. When you obey God and believe that He will provide, even the things that are held by the wicked people are taken away from them and given to the children of God.
Psalm 37:1-9 says, “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land”.
Today serves as a reminder to all of us that God indeed provides. He won’t tell you how but His ways are always perfect and beyond your comprehension. When we walk everyday trusting Him, He surely comes through for us even when things seem impossible. Jesus says that all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:16).
I have a friend who recently lost her husband who was the bread winner. She was not employed and dependent on him and they did not have a home of their own at the time of his death but God is taking care of her in the most remarkable ways.
She was offered a dwelling by a sister in the Lord and soon she received a job. These things were simply placed on her lap by God. Perhaps she didn’t know how she would cope without the husband but God takes care of His children. The job is keeping her occupied and she’s surrounded by family of brethren. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18), says the Lord.
In whatever you are facing today, not knowing where provision will come from, know that God will supply your needs. He will provide the ram for the burnt offering, He will provide you with employment, with food on your table, with a home for your family and He will bring people around you who are matured in the Lord to encourage you and stand with you in prayer.
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