It’s really easy to get into the mindset that whatever we need or want is simply up to us; in our ability, job and own strength as our means and source of supply. We can in fact spend a lot of time trying to figure out how we are going to get all we need and negate to factor in that we were never meant to spend our life toiling and doing things alone. Instead God wants us to actually seek Him and His way of doing things and then allow Him to take the responsibility of supplying our every need.
An example of this is in the bible when Moses and the Israelites were wandering in the desert. God supplied manna – little wafers of bread that tasted like honey to feed them, but the people began to complain they were tired of manna and that they wanted meat instead. (Numbers 11). They didn’t complain just a little – they went on and on about how tired they were of God’s provision and that it would have been better for them to have remained slaves in Egypt. Obviously they had short memories!
Moses began to try and think of a way that he could get enough meat for all the people and said, “shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them … shall all the fish in the sea be gathered together for them?” (Numbers 11:22) He was stressing and worrying and had forgotten in all his reasoning about the God who provides.
However God who had freed these same people from slavery, parted the Red sea to enable them to escape their enemies, led them through the desert by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night and who had provided manna from heaven, did not appreciate Moses’ reasoning or questioning. He replied, “Is the Lord’s hand too short?” In other words stop trying to figure out how this is going to happen, because I am the Lord who provides. Which he then demonstrated by sending a strong wind that blew hundreds and hundreds of quail into the camp enabling the people to feast on meat for a month.
The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” (Numbers 11:23)
Whenever we are facing a need in our life God doesn’t want us to stress and try to simply use our limited natural reasoning as to how things are going to work out. He has ways that we haven’t even considered and He knows how to get anything and everything we need to us. God is our provider because He can do whatever He wants to do. He’ll use natural means, multiply what we have in our hands, move people to assist and give to us, send help, wisdom and understanding and even override natural forces to deliver what He has promised in His Word. It’s his job to provide and our job to seek Him and to believe what He has said, and to do exactly what He asks us to. Nothing more, nothing less!
Today stop wasting a whole lot of effort and emotional and mental energy trying to figure out how God is going to do something. Stop reasoning and start believing as you release your faith. Then get ready to receive because God’s arm is not too short!
“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” (Isaiah 59:1)
“My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us”. (Ephesians 3:20 Amp)
Prayer: Lord thank you that you provide for all my needs. I ask for your provision today in……….and thank you that you are the God who provides and that you are faithful to your promises. In Jesus name amen