When Renee and I were first married, we both had great jobs that paid decent money. Then we began to have children and Renee decided she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I was happy about that and pledged in my heart to do whatever it took, working to support our family. We had great faith in God and trusted that as long as I was willing to work hard, God would help provide for everything we needed.
My confidence was not in myself. Confidence in myself would have left me terrified! My confidence was in the promise of God’s Word. We had always tithed and brought offerings to church. We had never missed. We were glad to do so. As 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV) says, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
We were cheerful givers. Beyond church, we gave to the ministries that truly fed our spirit. We were confident because we knew we were obeying God gladly in this area. We knew that somehow He would provide for us.
People have funny ideas when it comes to how God provides. People often think it’s going to show up at their door by special chariot—angelic delivery. Don’t get me wrong, provision can and does show up in supernatural ways. We’ve had a few of those angelic deliveries over the years. We read that God used ravens to feed Elijah when Elijah was about doing God’s business. 1 Kings 17:4 (NKJV) “And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”
We read about Jesus getting tax money in a very supernatural way. Matt 17:27 (NIV) Jesus said to Peter, “… go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” Peter had been fishing for a lot of years but I’m sure had never seen this before. Provision can come like this. The Bible tells more stories of supernatural provision than you could ever imagine. God does want us to have our faith in Him for supernatural provision. If you are leaning on God for it, you are more likely to be paying attention to His voice, to His direction, and to His Word. Do this and you will grow in intimacy and expectancy of Him working in your life.
But, there is another way that God will bring supernatural provision into your life. We learn from it in Genesis chapter 22. In this chapter we read when God asked Abraham to offer up his only son Isaac to Him. Abraham had developed great faith in God. He knew that God had promised Him a heritage of family through his son Isaac—one that would be in number as the stars of the sky. He knew it! God had promised it to him. If Isaac was dead this couldn’t happen. So although I’m sure in his natural mind he was confused as to how this would work out, He trusted God even if it meant that God would raise Isaac from the dead. Abraham brought Isaac, put him on the altar and was about to kill him when an angel stopped him. Genesis 22:10-12 “And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, “Here am I.” And he said, “Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither do you anything unto him: for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me.”
Abraham is the father of our faith. When He was willing to hold nothing back from God including his only son, he had completed the covenant that Abraham was in with God. Now God was able to give His only Son Jesus for us! Through Jesus, God completed the covenant that makes us partakers of Abraham’s inheritance today.
Abraham obeyed God and blessing followed his life. When Abraham was stopped, God had provided an offering in place of Isaac. We see it in the next verse. Genesis 22:13-14 (KJV) “And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering instead of his son.” God had provided a ram and Abraham called that place “Jehovah-jireh… In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” Let me give you another translation of this verse that will help you gain greater insight and show you what I want you to see today. The literal Hebrew translation of these words says, “Jehovah-jireh, the mount of the LORD who shows me where my provision is.”
Although supernatural blessing does occasionally just show up in our lives, God more often shows us where the provision that He has provided for us is. Abraham had to go and get the ram out of the thicket. He also still had to prepare and offer the offering. God will show us where our provision is and we will in faith have to go get it. That could happen in a number of ways. He’ll lead you to employment opportunities or through divine relationships, or more. It won’t be magic and you’ll most often have to work hard, but He will lead you to provision.
He wants you to have expectation for provision of all kinds. It is your inherited right through Jesus. He does not provide it so you can simply consume it upon your own lust. He provides it to help meet your needs, and also so that you can help others. And, so that His Good News is promoted throughout the earth! Ask Him to show you were your provision is!
Deut. 8:18 (NIV) “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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