I took my youngest daughter to a friend’s party yesterday afternoon at a place called Green Valley, right here in Bloemfontein. I never knew that the place existed and was quite surprised when I got there to discover that it has been there for a while. Initially, the party was supposed to be hosted at another venue but due to some logistical issues, it had to be moved elsewhere at short notice. The place is lovely and relaxing, has a coffee shop and farm animals and a huge playfield for the children. I was impressed by it and admired how creative humans can be to identify a need in the community and meet it. Now that some of us know about it, it is easy to spread the word and provide parents another alternative venue for kids’ activities, it is absolutely amazing!
My eldest daughter had accompanied me and she also was taken by the place and the intention had been to meet and greet other parents quickly, drop her sister off and return later for pick up, but then the host invited us for finger snacks and we stayed a bit for a chit chat and left afterwards. Everyone was nice and friendly and it is always wonderful to get the opportunity to talk with the parents outside the school’s premises when we are all relaxed and not in a hurry to get to work.
As I was driving back home and feeling bloated from all the food I ate, I became aware that, actually, that was my third little meal since I woke up in the morning and the time was only 11:00 a.m. I had a bit of breakfast when I left home at 8:30 a.m. to attend a session at church and at 10:00 a.m. we had a ten-minute tea break with sandwiches that were prepared and I nibbled while mingling with fellow congregants.
I was astonished thinking about the amount of food I ate even though it was in bits and pieces and by God’s grace, in all occasions, there was plenty of food. God then brought to my attention that He was the one who provided all the food because He is an abundant God. He gives freely, plentifully and generously. In the previous week, I had been feeling anxious often about the financial obligations that had to be met in the present and in the future. With this revelation and reprimand, I began to rejoice and expressed gratitude for God’s abundant provision. He used a simple act to demonstrate to me that my financial obligations are not greater than Him. He provides using expected and unexpected sources and the resources that He uses to bless are only instruments and not providers.
The way that I behaved in the week and nearly gagged reminded me of how the Israelites had complained to Moses about not having meat to eat in Numbers 11 because all they had at that time was manna. The Bible says that their cry aroused God’s anger and displeased Moses and He told Moses that He would give them meat to eat, not one day, not two days, not five days, not ten days, not twenty days, but for the whole month until it came out of their nostrils (Numbers 11:19-20).
God was reminding me of who He is with a modest act of generosity because the week was strenuous and emotionally draining. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:8 that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. God changes not and He is the same God He was to the Israelites in the wilderness.
Philippians 4:6-7 also states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” We are reminded to trust God in all circumstances no matter how bleak they look because He knows the way out and He knows every method of provision you know nothing of.
The Word of God also states, “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). It is hard to imagine that the future is already taken care of because God is already in the future. His Word in Isaiah 30:21 says, “whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it”. All we have to do is to surrender all to Him including the future we are afraid of, because it is known to Him. David says “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.
Trusting God, or remembering to trust Him in the midst of our fears can be difficult sometimes because often we magnify our problems instead of magnifying God. It is in the midst of our difficulties that we should praise Him more, knowing that all things are possible with Him (Matthew 19:26). There are many people around the world who find themselves in the same situation that I found myself in or even different situations but that causes anxiety nonetheless; not knowing whether to turn left or right, whether to take the promotion or not, to quit the job or not, to move to another location or stay where they are or where the rent money will come from. We can take comfort in the knowledge that our redeemer lives. The one who has promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).
He is Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Will Provide
He is Jehovah Rapha, The Lord That Heals
He is Jehovah Nissi, The Lord My Banner
He is Jehovah Shalom, The Lord is Peace
He is Jehovah Raah, The Lord My Shepherd
He is El Shaddai, Lord God Almighty
He is El Olam, The Everlasting God
As insignificant as it may appear to be, the food that God provided, freely by the way, was the Holy Spirit’s reminder that God is merciful and gracious. Whatever concerns you concerns Him also. The difference between us and Him is that He knows how to fix the situation and would like us to remember past circumstances in our lives where He rescued us. He fed me for the second and third time when I didn’t really need to eat, to demonstrate that my ability to eat didn’t depend on my salary or fridge, but on His provision.
He uses resources that no one thinks about and He provides in a way that no one could ever guess. He says in Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”, declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”.
When I look back into my life, I see the hand of God through and through. He has provided in ways I could never anticipate and has made things easy for me countless times. I was blinded by terror and lost sight of Him. Abundance is found in Him. I realised that I had to let go and let God. I didn’t come to earth on my own accord but because God has a purpose for my life. He will allow me to walk in the dark that I may trust Him to be my compass. David says “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).
Furthermore, Hebrews 11:1 state, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. This means that we have to believe God even if we don’t see the things that we ask for or how they would come about. In fact, it is not our job to figure out how God’s provision would come about. We need to trust that He would provide whichever way and His way would be perfect. He never disappoints, the Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself”.
I pray that you may trust God even if you can’t see or find a way out, when you are in a jam and don’t know what to do, when finances are too tight and the bills are unpaid, when things are tough in your marriage and you are fighting all the time, when you are sick and the doctor has given you a ‘final decree’, when things are tough at work and you feel like quitting. The Word of God says that, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”.
Many people have been able to do with little. God has influenced others to be a blessing to His children without them even lifting a finger. He pours out blessings unto His children and all that is required of you is to never let go of the hand of God or give up. Indeed, He has wonderful things in store for all of His children. We should therefore walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
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