While attending a worship service out in a country church one day, I heard a pastor offer a most unusual petition to God in his prayer. The congregation was experiencing some difficult financial times, so the pastor conveyed his request to the Lord in the following fashion: “Dear Lord, your Bible tells us that you own the cattle on a thousand hills. Lord, you know that we need resources here in our little church, so God we pray that you will take a few of those cattle down to the sale and auction them off so we can pay our bills. Thank you, Lord. Amen.” Simple. To the point. And as far as I could tell, effective. Their financial standing improved dramatically!
It is true that we never know how God may provide for us. Ask the Apostle Paul. Sometimes, God allowed Paul to use his trade of tent-making to provide his livelihood; while at other times, he accepted the hospitality of friends. In one instance, Paul recognized that the Lord had taken care of him through a local group of believers whom he had birthed in Philippi. He was in need, and the Philippian church sent him aid. The faithful missionary made it clear that he had not asked for the help but that the Philippians had responded anyway. Indeed, the Philippian believers had sent one of their own, Epaphroditus, to minister to Paul as well. Both financial and human capital comprised their giving campaign.
Paul reacted to the Philippian generosity with a blessing of his own: “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Just as he had seen his needs met through the Philippians, he believed that God would continue to provide for them. He knew that the Lord had exhaustive resources (“the riches in glory”) and that they had access to those blessings through Jesus Christ. Truly, the Son had opened the heavenly treasury and granted His people the riches of heaven itself.
You see, God not only wants to provide for you; He can provide! He owns the riches of heaven, the cattle upon a thousand hills, the unlimited resources of the earth! It is not a question of “Can He?” It is a question of “How Will He?”After all, you must remember that He is Jehovah Jireh.
Join me asking for His continued favor upon us, and let’s join together in thanking Him for His provision! See you soon!