The Grace of God’s Provisions

While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho. 11 And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. 12 And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year. Joshua 5:10-12

Observation

Moses lead God’s people on their journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom and then a 40-year season of wondering in the wilderness before they could finally enter the Promised Land.  During those 40 years, God provided for the practical needs of His people in miraculous ways.  One of those miracles was the gift of Manna (heaven sent food) that arrived each morning for 40 years!  While God’s people had to wait for 40 years to get to the Promised Land because of their complaining and lack of Faith, God still provided what they needed daily to survive.  Once they set foot in the Promised Land, rich with resources they could harvest themselves, the Manna stopped flowing to them but God continued to provide placing his people in an environment of plenty.  Those principles are still true today.  There are times in life when provision for me has come miraculously, seemingly out of nowhere.  And there also are seasons where He puts me in a place where I can succeed and provision flows.  Both are through His hand and timing.

Application

It’s easy sometimes for me to get anxious when things are not going according to plan.  It’s especially difficult when my efforts don’t produce what I think or feel they should produce.  This passage is such an encouragement to me, because it reminds me of this truth; where God calls me He will provide for me.  It might rain manna or He might place me in fruitful ground.  Regardless His hands always stretch far and wide enough to provide.  I need to trust more and look for the manna in those seasons of what appears to be lack.  I also need to thank him for the seasons of fruitfulness that are so blessed and rich, that I almost think I can do it without Him.

Prayer

Jesus, thank you that you are indeed my provider.  When it has seemed impossible, you have come through in countless ways and my faith has grown as a result.  When you lead me to places of fruitfulness I am refreshed and can rejoice in your provision.  Help me to stay humble and always look to you and thank you for your gracious and timely provisions.

Trusting in my Provider,

Dale Swanson

A Little Faith Goes a Long Way

The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house? Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”2 Kings 4:1-7

 

Observation

As I sat quietly before The Lord this morning I asked Him to show me where to read. Immediately I heard 2 Kings 4,  I read and stopped at verses 1-7. When the desperate widow asks for help, the prophet Elisha immediately asks her, “What do you have in your house”. She tells him that all she has is a small jar of oil. I don’t think that she expected that the answer to her need was something that she already possessed, at least in part. It doesn’t seem like she thought that she had anything of much value.  At least the amount she possessed wasn’t enough.

Application

But she had a desperate and obedient heart. As she did what Elisha told her to do, God provided a miracle through the generosity of her neighbors and the woman’s faithful obedience. He also provided her immediate need to pay her debts and keep her sons with from being sold into slavery.  Not only that, but  God supplied more than she needed; it was enough for them to  continue living on as well!

Prayer

As I cry out to God in the desperate areas of my heart, I’m now asking Him what is it that I already possess, at least in part, that I may not see as valuable, or enough, that He is able to use through my obedience to His leading. Lord it’s only by the increase of Your Holy Spirit that You can take the “oil” that I already possess and multiply it to meet the desires of my heart. Thank You Lord for renewal and a fresh infilling of Your loving presence.

Walking in Faith,

Carol Ricketts
(Children’s Ministry Assistant)

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