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His Promise of Provision
11/1/2016

He delivers the poor in their affliction, And opens their ears in oppression. “Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress, Into a broad place where there is no restraint; And what is set on your table would be full of richness. Job 36:15-16 (NKJV)

We have been chosen for such a time as this. What a concept! God has actually chosen each of us for this time in history — chosen to be a part of His work. There are many believers who forget this truth, and who have become distracted with the challenges of day-to-day living. The truth is we can all get distracted and forget how truly blessed we are. 

Of all of our distractions our finances are probably one of the biggest. All too often we can allow our joy and happiness to fade as we find ourselves looking at our life through a set of economic glasses — concluding we are somehow in dire straits. But this is not God’s will for our lives, as we are not to worry or fear about our lack of provision during tough economic times — to do so is a lack of faith and trust in God.

As Christian men and women we must remember, God has given great promises to us within His Word with regard to our provision. We do not have to sell our souls, or compromise our beliefs to obtain the needed resources to live, nor should we simply live for the pursuit of riches (cf. Matt. 6:24). Jesus made these truths abundantly clear.   

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  “Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?’ or “What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34 (NKJV)

Perhaps we should ask ourselves a few questions.

· Do I allow poor economic times to influence/change the way I live for God? 

· Do I find my happiness, joy or contentment affected by the amount of money I possess?

· Do I seek God for every need, and do I trust Him for these needs?

Truth be told, we are rich! We have been given the keys to Heaven where the streets are made of gold (Rev. 21:21). We have been saved from our sin, and have been chosen to be children and heirs of God. If we desire to be rich, then it should be in faith, because when we have true faith, then we will believe even during those times where we cannot see the things we need (Heb. 11:1). 

Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? James 2:5 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to remember God’s promises when you are faced with anxiety, fear, worry or doubt. 

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional about having faith in God for all provision?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to trust God for every need in your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord and His righteousness daily. Pray continually for your provisions to be met and walk in faith, knowing God is doing a work in your life.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for all provision. Father, I know I can do nothing apart from You, and I confess that everything I have is because of You. I trust You and come in agreement with Your plan for my life. Father, continue to guide me to be a good steward of all You have provided, and to be compassionate on those in need. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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