The Provision Series
By Jus Josef
One of the bigger arguments of today’s skeptics concerns the ability of God to provide for His people. I have even met members of the church who don’t believe God is still in the business of providing. One of the names of our God, is Jehovah Jireh or “the Lord will see to it” or the “the Lord will provide”.
“And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.” (Gen. 22:1)
The calling on our lives may not necessarily be an audible one. However, we should be taking steps to ensure that we are being sensitive to the presence or function of God. 1 John 2:20 says:
“But ye haven an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” The word for ‘unction’ in the Greek transliteration is chrisma, which means a smearing, or anointing.
So what steps do I need to take? What can I do to make sure that I am sensitive to God’s direction and calling?
I believe we need to start off with seriousness or diligence. We have to commit and be determined that we are going to spend time with our Lord. Like any relationship, there should be an expected allotment of time to be in each other’s presence. (Jer. 29:13)
Secondly, you have to have the WORD. So many of us, expect to know God, but not His WORD. There have been plenty of excuses I have heard, and made, over the years. There is not a reason to go over them, but if you would take the time to look up verses pertaining to God’s Word, you will see the benefits of meditating in it. (Psalm 1:1-3) (Josh. 1:7-8)
This is by no means an exhaustive list. There is praise and worship, meditation, and a lot of other exercises we can do, like charity and prayer. The problem we run into throughout our day to day walks is the formulation of ideas that are in danger of becoming dogmatic. We serve a living God. He wants to customize your walk. He wants a relationship with us as individuals. (1 Tim. 4:7)
Abraham’s response to God was the answer we all need to learn; “… Here I am.” The willingness to obey, and the discipline to be prepared. There is a saying I have heard over my life: “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.” (Eph. 6:15)
Finally, I would like to conclude with the “tempting” of Abraham. The word means to test, to try, or to prove. And there are times in our life when God will try our hearts, to show us what is in them. (Jer.17:10)
If you are familiar with the story, Abraham had just had his first son after 24 years of waiting for God’s promise.
I encourage you to believe that God is still in the business of providing and meeting needs. And I hope over the next few months, we will be able to increase our faith in just that. Be blessed – Josef