Thursday, August 20, 2015

The God of Provision

There is a lot of unrest regarding the month of September.  From the final blood moon to the Shemitah to the Pope coming to address the UN to Congress voting on the Iran deal...there are a lot of things coming to a head next month and a lot of anxiety is floating through the air.

We need to be aware of the times, but left unchecked, fear can permeate into our pores, allowing our thoughts to run towards the "what-ifs" instead of to the "Who" that orchestrates all things.

While at the beach, God reminded me that He is our Provision.  He won't be boxed.  His methods of providing for His children have always looked differently. He owns it all and He will shower down His riches in whatever way brings Him the most glory for each unique moment and each unique child. Sometimes, we just need to unbox Him.

He reminded me of four different scenarios and different people.  He was their provision in each circumstance, even though the situations are entirely different.  I hope these examples reassure you in whatever place you find yourself today.  Unbox Him and see His glory radiate!

1.  God told Noah to prepare.  He warned him of something that no eye had ever seen before:  rain and a flood.  God gave Noah very specific instructions for an ark of safekeeping, pitched with grace.  Noah and his family gathered food for themselves and the animals.  {In this example, God was glorified in giving instructions beforehand.  He was glorified in the preparing.}

2.  God told Elijah to flee the wicked people that sought him out.  He pointed Elijah to the brook of Cherith by Jordan.  God sent a raven to bring him bread and meat morning and evening.  Elijah drank from the brook until it dried up.  Then, God gave him new instructions for sustenance.  {God was glorified in the sovereignty over His creation...commanding even a bird to feed His beloved prophet.}

3.  At that point, God told Elijah to move on.  God provided through a widow who only had a handful of meal and a few drops of oil left.  She listened to Elijah and obediently made the cake-bread for him.  The meal and oil miraculously lasted and lasted.  {God was glorified in the multiplication of items on hand.}

4.  The Israelites while under Pharoah ate the Passover in haste, with loins girded and feet shod.  God executed judgment, and they were spared, all because of the blood that covered their doorframes.  The Lord passed through to smite His enemy.  The Israelites were told to take flocks and herds, kneading troughs, and the Egyptian's jewels, silver, and gold.  God divided the waters to ensure their escape.  At Marah, they needed water, but it wasn't fit for drinking until God acted.  They needed bread and God rained it down.  Every single day was reliance on God...except for the Sabbath which they had been allowed to gather double for.  They lived like this for forty years.  {God alone was their moment by moment provision....such a demonstration of His glory!}

There is a song we sing at church called "Good Good Father" that I can't get out of my head. 

"I've heard a thousand stories of what they think you are like but I've heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night.  And you tell me that you're pleased and that I'm never alone.  You're a good good Father.  It's who you are. And I'm loved by you.  It's who I am."

No matter what lies ahead, we are secure.  We have a Father that is quite fond of us.

He is good. And we are loved by Him.  Nothing else really matters.

Rest in His provision for you.

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