When it comes to provision, do you trust God? What about when what you have is not enough?
Oh, you’ve tried it all–overtime at work, the extra job, and credit cards. Maybe you’ve even borrowed money. Not so you could buy something extra, but just to cover living expenses. Then there was the tax refund. What a relief, or so you thought. But even that wasn’t enough to cover those overdue bills.
Most of us have been there. We all make mistakes. Whether we underestimated the financial impact of purchasing a new home or we lost our job.
Let’s take a look at provision the way God does. After all, didn’t Jesus teach that we shouldn’t worry?
Jesus said our heavenly Father knows we need things; such as food, drink, and clothing. He taught instead of going after these ‘things,’ we should seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then trust that our Father would provide what we need.
Moved with compassion
Shortly after John the Baptist was beheaded, Jesus left town in search of solitude. However, a large crowd from the surrounding villages followed. When Jesus saw the people, He was moved with compassion.
He taught for many hours and healed those who were sick. The day wore on and soon it was evening. The disciples wanted to send the people home where they could eat since they were in a remote place and far from town. But, Jesus said the people did not need to go. Instead, He told the disciples they could feed them.
The Gospel of John says Jesus asked Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat? But that He said to test him, for He Himself know what He would do” (v. 6:5-6).
The disciples were perplexed. They said, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat (Mark 6:37)? The cost of feeding a crowd that size would have been equivalent to approximately eight month’s worth of wages!
The disciples managed to find five small loaves and two fish that belonged to a young boy in the crowd. But how could so little be enough to feed a group that large?
While the crowd waited, Jesus took the loaves and fish, looked up towards heaven, and gave thanks. Then He gave the food to the disciples. When all had eaten and were satisfied, the disciples collected twelve baskets full of leftovers!
Feeding five thousand people with only five loaves and two fish was a miracle to be sure. However, the number who ate that day was probably closer to fifteen or twenty thousand. The Bible says, “Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Matt. 14:21, emphasis added).
But, there’s more…
Each of the four Gospels records the feeding of the five thousand. And although they describe the same story, the details vary. One thing, however, is consistent, Jesus’ compassion for people.
3 reasons God can be trusted:
- He has established Himself as our heavenly Father, and a Father provides for the needs of his children. God is no exception. He’s promised to reward those who not only believe in Him but also diligently seek Him. (Matt 6:31-33; Heb. 11:6; 2 Cor. 9:10-11).
- All things are possible with God. He is not constrained by time, space, our understanding, or seemingly impossible circumstances. Trusting God includes the expectation that He Who promised is faithful and will deliver on His promises. (Matt. 19:26).
- God is not a source; He is the Source of all provision. (Ps. 115:14, 34:10, 35:27; 3 Jn. 1:2).
Like a drought, seasons of lack are a part of life. However, they are temporary and can serve to make us stronger. During times of scarcity, look to your heavenly Father, The Source of all life, and trust in His provision.
Most of us have experienced seasons of lack. Please share a time when God supplied or satisfied your need in an unexpected way.