Knowing God as Your ONLY Source
21 September 2018 | By Sheryl Rajesh
Provision is the most frequent topic of prayer for all of us. Every new day brings a need for a new provision. Some days we ask for a new house or a new TV or new (_______).
God is aware of all our physical needs, and He rejoices to know you come to Him for your tiny and giant needs. He delights to provide for His children.
We don’t have any trouble asking God for what we need. But do we wait for God to provide?
I was once with my friend’s son at a shop, he swiftly moved towards a Jacket fluttering his eyes innocently saying “Oh I so need this exact Jacket, I have prayed to God about it”. I melted looking at his desire and for a minute was contemplating to buy it for him.
That is when the Holy Spirit whispered “that is how you manipulate your prayer”
A lot of times if we don’t see a result sooner; we start manipulating (here is a better word – influencing) the situation to get what we want. Funny still, we then testify that God provided.
This is not the way God would like to provide. When God provides it’s completely Him, he does not share His glory with anyone else.
Not waiting for God displays lack of faith in God’s plan.
When we choose to provide for ourselves, we show a lack of faith in God’s provision. Lack of faith displeases God. (Hebrews 11:6) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Faith = Obedience = Provision
Genesis 22 tells us of Abraham’s great test. Abraham walked for 3 days to reach the mountain, God had asked him to sacrifice Isaac. Those 3 days would not have been easy for him. However I believe, he reached that mountain by constantly telling himself “Faith = Obedience”.
Abraham understood that the only way to tell God that he trusts God, was to obey Him. He had learnt out of experience that God’s plan is always better than his. And that was the true revelation of “Jehovah Jireh – God will provide“.
Do not worry about the measure of faith you have in the situation. It is not about how much faith you have, but how much you obey God.
Waiting on God also means obeying Him. A little faith as small as a mustard seed can please God. (Psalm 147:10-11)His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; 11 the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Today walk up to the mirror and tell yourself – “I will obey because Faith = Obedience”.
This obedience will lead you to your provision. When God provides it will be so much better than what you could do for yourself.