This morning I got a slightly different perspective on receiving God’s provisions and blessings in our lives. I can tell you, my faith increased instantly because of it. One of our major problems, when it comes to receiving from God (when it comes to finances or any other kind of divine intervention), is our tendency to worry and fear. We worry that there is not enough to go around. We worry that we will not be able to get all we need. We know God is not pleased when we think such anxious thoughts, but the thoughts persist anyway.
His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…(See 2 Peter 1:3).
I understand and am very glad that the above scripture applies to spiritual matters–eternal matters, of course. But I also believe it applies to those matters we must deal with right here on earth right now, as well.
So let’s consider this question. Could we possibly receive God’s provisions in our lives in almost the same way we walk outside and effortlessly receive as much warmth, light, and energy from the sun as we desire? Or could we possibly receive God’s provisions in our lives in almost the same way we inhale and receive the oxygen we need from the air which surrounds us?
My point is, we don’t worry about the energy from the sun running out or the sun shutting down from exhaustion. Therefore, we freely take in and enjoy the sun’s rays almost any day we like. And we don’t worry about how much air is left in the atmosphere after we have enjoyed a vigorous bout of breathing. No, in most cases, we believe the air will continue to flow and continue to be available to meet our needs. So we breathe freely.
I see very clearly today, that sort of like the rays of the sun and the air we breath, all of God’s provisions are continuously flowing…all the time flowing…all the time circulating…over here, over there, and around every corner as He sees fit. I also believe no valley is too low or mountain too high to prevent God from doing what He has promised to do on our behalf.
We humans, on the other hand, tend to comparmentalize everything, don’t we? This is mine right here, we say. That’s yours over there. But let’s start thinking like this: everything belongs to God. And His possessions and blessings are therefore everywhere at His disposal, just like the energy of the sun, and just like the air we breathe. Everything is available to Him for dispensing as He chooses, for meeting needs and blessing His children. Nothing is permanently parked anywhere. He keeps it moving–circulating. He is the determiner of all things and the dispatcher of all things.
Think of how God provided bread directly from heaven (manna) for the Israelites as He delivered them out of the cruelty and bondage of slavery in Egypt (Exodus 16). Think of how He directed the Prophet Elijah to the widow’s home in Zarephath where He would perform great and miraculous works to provide for Elijah’s needs as well as the needs of the widow and her son (1Kings 17).
Think of how, in order to pay their taxes, Jesus directed Peter to “cast in a hook and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for me and you” (Matthew 17:27). Example after example of God’s miraculous provisions is provided in His Word and even all around us today.
There is no shortage because God can never fall short. He is the mover of all things. His Spirit is ever moving. That is why, the Word can assure us, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over…” (Luke 6:38). And the Word can assure us, “The wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous” (Proverbs 13:22). God Himself is seeing to it that everything is continuously moving to bring about the fulfillment of His promises.
And our part is described in Matthew 6:33: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Our part is to immerse ourselves in His Word. Our part is to trust Him as a child trusts his or her earthly father. Our part is to surrender to what He wants to do in and with our lives. Then we don’t have to panic–no need to lose heart. Instead, we can know the answers to our prayers are approaching speedily and are very near–even at this very moment.