A few days ago, I woke up to the voice of the Lord saying, “Provision is coming.” The amazing thing about when God speaks is that it can be just three words but still have many levels of impact, revelation, and be full of, for lack of a better word, data. I knew that the word “provision” was not limited to just monetary or materialistic provision, but it was far higher than that. Whenever I think about this, I have visions of the Lord walking towards me. It’s as if the word “provision” that He was speaking about wasn’t just an object but a person – the God who is provision.
We know the Lord as Jehovah Jireh, but in our human way of understanding things we tend to put limitations on what He can provide, even though we know that Heaven’s economic system is not one of only gold or silver, which the Lord says are His. So I don’t want to take away from the fact that God is a provider of monetary and materialistic needs. He is our source.
‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ saith the Lord of hosts.Haggai 2.8
In the same way that He provides the gold and silver, He also provided us with the appropriate sacrifice so that we can have eternal life. Before Jesus, it was left to man to find a sacrifice that would be pleasing to the Lord. Yet, this was just a temporary fix – a Band-Aid for a broken arm – a carnal solution to an eternal issue. Creation, all of humanity, was incapable of providing the perfect appropriation that would become satisfactory and meet the weight and cost of our transgressions. However, the Lord, in His mercy, PROVIDED such a sacrifice for us. Simply put, we ran up the bill at our Dad’s restaurant, but He didn’t just comp the bill. He took money out of His pocket and paid it for us so that we didn’t have to face the ultimate repercussion of our decisions. All because He loved us.
For God So Loved
For this is how much God loved the world – He [PROVIDED] His one-and-only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in Him will never perish but experience everlasting life. (emphasis mine)John 3.16
Provision sometimes comes in the way of strength from a message or messenger. We see this in 1 Kings 19 after Elijah slew the prophets of Baal and escaped the threat from Jezebel to take his life. Elijah went into hiding and asked the Lord to end his life because he felt as if he could not carry on. The way it’s presented in Scripture is that Elijah complained so hard that he fell asleep. He actually fell asleep while complaining to the Lord and asking God to take his life! Then Elijah was awakened by an angel that God had sent to PROVIDE strength and encouragement to him in the form of cake and drink. (Photo via Pixabay)
Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again.1 Kings 19:6
How many of us have been there before? We are simply tired and don’t think that we can carry on, and we want to give up. I’m sure many of us can relate to Elijah in this situation. But God! God, in His loving kindness, tends to our needs. In this particular situation, it looked like sending an angel to bake a cake that would provide strength and endurance for the journey ahead. Now, this is what stands out to me: God could have simply just manifested a cake or bread like He did for the Israelites while they were coming out of Egypt, but Elijah was awakened by an angel, and he saw that there was a fire created, a cake being baked and something to drink. If that doesn’t illustrate loving kindness – a cake that is cooked for you personally – then I’m not entirely sure what does.
God Provides a Way
In other instances, the Lord’s PROVISION is a way out. It’s an alternative outcome to the situation in front of you. God promised Abraham a son, and when it seemed utterly impossible to have a son, God provided Isaac. Then the unthinkable happened, God asked Abraham to sacrifice the very promise He fulfilled. Imagine being way out of your prime, in your own way of thinking, to have a child, and still God makes a way. You are entirely elated at this miracle, but just as you are getting comfortable, enjoying having said fulfilled promise, God asks you to give it up – to lay it out the altar – and let it die.
This was Abraham’s life. This was Isaac, about to go on the altar. We all have heard sermons eluding to what would be going through Abraham’s mind, and the level of confusion Isaac must’ve been going through while this was all happening. Again, we see God’s provision showing up in the form of a goat. This brought a type of provision to Isaac by sparing his life, but it also brought a kind of provision to Abraham in allowing Abraham to keep the fulfilled promise from the Lord.
Wherever we are, and whatever we are facing, God is presenting Himself as a provision for us to step into. There is an invitation being extended to the children of God in this hour.
There is an invitation for the children of God to come to the table with the Father. In a vision, I heard the voice of the Lord inviting me to the table. When I got there, I could see everybody sitting around the table; it was full for a feast. It was a time to gather the family of God to a place where we could all feast and then hear from the Lord. There was no bickering or fighting for a position because the voice of God was loud enough for everybody to hear.
In the interaction with the Canaanite woman, Jesus references that He was sent to feed the children of God. Her reply was that even the dogs got to eat the scraps that fall from the table. You see, we as children are invited to come to sit at the table in a position of intimacy with God and are not left to what falls off of the table. There’s abundance before us, and all that’s required is that we come to the table – that we go to our Father and break bread with Him.
Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.’ But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she cries out after us.’ But He answered and said, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ But He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.’ And she said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.Matthew 15:21-28
He has already provided the way for us to come to the table (see John 14:6). He has already provided the abundance of provisions on the table. He is inviting you and me to step into His provision.