GAS IS HOW MUCH?!
MY GROCERY BILL IS WHAT?!
Will our money stretch for the month? BAM! Up pops an unexpected bill! What are we to do now?
Yes, you know my answer – have faith! God provides! But it is not always so easy, is it? Reading the events in the Bible, we see how the Lord provides.
But how about today?
Check out these true stories.
My roommate and I had a houseful of guests and only 2 small quiches to feed the crowd. We prayed that God would stretch the food. When our guests left, we had quiche left over!
Does this remind you of anything? How about when Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fishes to feed 5,000 people?
Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass.
And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So, they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Matthew 14: 19-20
When I was studying in Switzerland, my money basically ran out. Twice, I found a generous gift of Swiss francs in an envelope placed in my mailbox anonymously. I was very thankful, and somehow it stretched through the year, and I was always provided for.
The Lord provides just in the nick of time. Leslie received money just as she ran out. The woman running out of flour and oil, who was preparing to die received food just in the nick of time, too.
And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward, make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.” 1 Kings 17:13-14
Stuck in heavy traffic with an empty gas tank, Jackie prayed she would make it to the gas station. After stopping for yet another light, she finally drove into the station. Just as she pulled up to the gas pump her car died.
Like the Lord multiplied Jackie’s gas to fill her need, He multiplied the widow’s one jar of oil to fill her needs too.
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.
When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil, and pay your debts.
You and your sons can live on what is left.” 2 Kings 4:3,6-7
In faith, a missionary group rented a building for $1,200 a month. The night before the rent was due, they had no rent money. During their usual worship service, the missionaries started donating their jewelry to be sold. Then an unfamiliar voice spoke up, “Brothers, brothers, can I have your attention. I was not sure why God sent me here for the first time today. Now, I know why. Give back the jewelry. I will pay the rent.”*
Sometimes the Lord provides from an unexpected source like the money the missionaries received. Not recognizing Jesus, the disciples fishing received food from an unexpected source too.
Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.”
And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So, they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. John 21:5-6
As we see from the true stories,
the Lord provides for us today just as He did in the Bible.
Because He loves us.
“So, I say to you, do not worry about your life—what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your Father in heaven feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
“Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’
32But, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:25-26, 31-32 TLV
When our priority is to seek a relationship with the Lord, we don’t have to worry. Like Anne, Leslie, Jackie, and Jaime, in faith, they placed their needs in the Lord’s hands, we can do the same. Some solutions will be supernatural, and some may be more down to earth. Either way, with faith, we can be assured He will guide us through it all.
Whether is scarcity or plenty, the Lord is with us.
When we call on Him, seek Him and place our faith in Him, He will provide.
Where do you place your faith?
Heavenly Father, as I write Matthew 6:32 and say it aloud, help me to place my security and faith in You. As I focus on You, please grow my faith that You will provide. In Jesus name, Amen.
PROVISION COMES FROM FAITH IN GOD
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