Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Discover and Enjoy God’s Power of Provision

“And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide…” – Genesis 22:7-8.

On Sunday, May 15, 2011, my church wanted to build a little structure to serve as a store room for our musical instruments, so the pastor decided to raise an offering to finance the project. He started by asking the members to pledge how much they could give to support the project. One after the other, the members were standing up and pledging the amounts they can give to support the project.

Suddenly, the pastor called out to me, “Bob, how much are you giving us?” Honestly, I didn’t want to answer that question. My pocket has not been smiling lately, and anything that has to do with money doesn’t go down well with me. The week before, I even had difficulty going for lectures because I was not financially fit. The pastor was still on me. He rephrased and reiterated his question, “Bob, how much are you giving to us?” Now that question cannot be dodged so I replied politely, “nothing, pastor.” “Nothing?” He probed. “Yes pastor,” I responded. He continued shortly, “Will you go to school tomorrow?” “Yes pastor,” I replied. Then he further asked, “How are you going to go?” “God will provide,” I said. Then to conclude he said, “Then pledge that which God is going to provide, will you?” I answered “Yes pastor,” and that closed the deal. My pastor added my name to the list of people who pledged and next to my name he wrote “God will provide” as the amount to be given.

The whole conversation with the pastor appeared very funny, but it was no surprise to me. God works in ways which sometimes appear funny in our eyes. Many people simply do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, because they think the whole believe in Him is funny. These people see the Lord only as a man, who was supposedly born by a virgin, grew to 30 years and was baptized and claimed he was the son of God. Then at 33, he died and was believed to have resurrected and ascended to Heaven. The difference with we Christians, is that, we are able to see beyond the human nature of Jesus, and thus able to see His Divinity. I have personally witnessed God do things through funny ways in my life. Funny ways like saying a word of prayer at the bus stop when I’m late for work or school, and suddenly a vehicle pulls up for me to board and go to school or work.

In the conversation with my pastor, I did not say, “God will provide” just for saying sake. I actually believed and knew the LORD was going to provide. That Sunday evening, a friend of mine came home and gave me some money for my transport to school the next day. And during that week, God truly provided by opening financial doors to me and I was able to give to support the church project the following Sunday. I felt really blessed and protected. It is very fascinating to know that the LORD our God is with us always and He hears us when we pray to Him. Truly “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” – Nahum 1:7.

Dear reader, I don’t know what you are going through right now, I don’t know what your needs are right now, or what you are lacking in your life right now, but what I DO KNOW is that, GOD WILL PROVIDE. Yes! He will provide and supply all your needs. Yes, “…God will supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19.

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