The God of Provision
Message No. 0601 | Twitter @GodandUs | www.wisdom-speaks.ca
The miracle of provision performed by Jesus at the marriage in Cana was jaw-dropping for many reasons. It was the first recorded miracle performed by Jesus. It was also a miracle that caught Israel unawares, because not since the days of the prophets had they seen such miracles performed, which means that those who witnessed those miracles were already dead. This was one reason why those who filled the water pots with water were probably thinking that Jesus must be nuts for Him to ask them to fill pots with ordinary water when the need on hand was very clearly different, but they obeyed His instructions because Mary, His mother, told them to do whatsoever He told them to do. Unknown to them, they had just encountered the God of Provisions.
Jesus primarily came to set the captives (of the devil) free, but a miraculous provision is not outside this agenda; after all, provision is freedom from want. For joy, the bridegroom must not have been able to sleep after this miracle, just as anyone would have been overjoyed and not able to sleep when something extraordinarily good happens to them. God’s specialization in this area is one that has run for generations. In Genesis chapter 22 when Abraham was about to offer Isaac as sacrifice, God called him clearly and frantically, to not touch the child. In verse 13, the Bible says:
And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
The question is, how did the ram get there? The whole environment was completely empty of any animal and then all suddenly, a ram appears and is not able to run away from Abraham. Then, when Israel left Egypt, and ran into many challenges, there were too many miracles of provisions to count, as God miraculously provided water from the rock, mana from heaven, and a host of other deliveries – these were the Uber Eats of those days.
God is in the business of meeting the needs of His children, through whatever means possible. The Finger of God in these activities is sometimes apparent and sometimes implicit. The bottom line is that no child of God should take provisions for granted. “Give us this day our daily bread” is a prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, signifying our dependence of our Maker for our daily needs. We eat daily today, and most people don’t even think about the possibility that there could be a day there’s no food to eat. If you wake up daily and are able to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you should give glory to the God of Provision.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 8, the Bible says:
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
Look at the bolded words in the Bible verse: “always having all sufficiency in all things.” This is the plan of God for you, and this is what you should have. Now, even in our societies, it’s not all the things that you should have that you have. In some workplaces, you need to ask questions to understand your entitlements and it is not uncommon for some employees to only discover that they are entitled to some things, after years of working in the organization. This situation (where you are not getting what you are supposed to be getting) is sometimes called ‘leaving money on the table.’ Are you perhaps leaving money on the table with God? Do you have a realization that you are dealing with an unlimited God and that there is nothing that you ask Him that is too much to provide? Even God is challenging us to ask. In John 16:24, Jesus told His disciples:
Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
You cannot ask too much from your loving Father in Heaven. Ask, and may God supply your needs going forward, in Jesus’ name. Amen. Have a blessed week!
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