“How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the LORD says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.’ ” 2 Kings 4:43
One thing every person needs is food. Food is one of the basic necessities of this life that no one can do without. People work to have food set on their table.
Along with working for food, people also worry about having their needs met. Some people work extra hard, putting away money all the time for retirement. This is often done out of fear of provision during retirement.
A man had come with just twenty loaves of bread and had to feed at least one hundred men. He did not know how he was going to feed all them and satisfy their hunger. Elisha told him to give it to them and trust God to provide what was needed.
After giving the bread out to the men, they ate and still had some left over. Years later, Jesus would feed 5,000 men plus women and children on less food than what that man had.
God knows what people need. He knows that every person needs food to survive. God created people to need to eat, so He understands that. Yet people often live in fear of not getting what they need.
It is easy to look at what little one has and not see how it can provide for the needs. Yet, God created the entire universe out of nothing except His voice. If God can create, even just this world, out of nothing, He can provide for each and every need of each and every person. Look at how small one person is compared to just this earth, then take into consideration the entire universe.
There will be times that you will have only a little of something. You will have some large need that is greater than what you can provide. Trust God for that provision.
You already are trusting Jesus for forgiveness of sins and salvation. If you can trust Him with something that large, you can trust Him to provide food or anything else you need.
It is ok to work for what you need, but don’t worry about it. Go to God in prayer and trust Him. He will always provide what you need, when you need it and in His time. He is the God of provision, always has been and always will be.
I pray today that you will see God’s provision in your life; that you will trust God for His provision; that you will not live or work out of fear; and that you will know the abundant life God has for you.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
Every person in the world needs something in order to live life. They need food, water, shelter, and clothing in order to live on this earth. While many have all of these things, there are many who do not have most of these things. Look in every major city in the world and people will be seen without shelter, food or clothing.
Most of the world thinks that they need more than what they have. They feel as if they do not have enough.
This type of feeling has bled over into the church. People feel as if they need more in order to survive or make it. Although this is often seen as needing just physical things, it also means more to live a godly, holy life for God. Many believers feel as though they cannot really live the godly life as Jesus lived His life.
Peter tells the believers that God has used His divine power to give believers everything they need to live a godly life. This great power can be found in the knowledge of God the Father and in Jesus.
Knowing God’s great love towards the believer can help him be motivated to live a holy life for God and to love others. Knowing how Jesus removed all sins can keep him from going back into sin. Knowing how Jesus stayed away from temptation, can strengthen the believer to flee temptation. Knowing God’s mercy can help a believer to have mercy towards others.
Many people say that they really cannot live a holy life, yet, everything that a believer needs to live that Holy life is provided in knowing God and His word.
Seek to know God and His word more. He will give you what you need to live for Him. He did not call you to live a holy life, and then leave you on your own. God wants you to succeed in this.
Be willing to take the power God has given you and live the holy life God called you to live. Jesus removed the sin, now live like it has been removed and be holy as He has made you holy unto God. You have everything you need.
I pray today that you will know what God offers you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know His power in your life; that you will live a holy life for God in this dark world; and that you will be a holy witness for Jesus everyday.
Threshing floors and winepresses will not feed the people; the new wine will fail them. Hosea 9:2
Hosea was telling the people of Israel to not rejoice. They had been found guilty of committing many sins and rejecting God. Punishment was coming to them. Many in Israel felt that because their crops were so good, that they would be able to support themselves and did not need God at all. They are warned that everything will fail them.
Farmers go out and plant huge fields of crops for food. They expect the crops to come in large enough to be able to feed their own family and sell a lot to others for more money, so they can get wealthy and feed more people.
On the surface this looks like it would provide for needs of all the people everywhere to get enough food. However, without God, those crops will not always come through as the farmer may expect. God has to be the one to provide the right amount of water and sunshine for those crops to grow. As people refuse to follow God and give Him all the credit, God pulls His hand of favor away and the crops will not grow as well, which will not feed the people.
Not every person grows food for themselves or for a profit. People use other things to make a profit and provide for themselves. Working many different types of jobs, people strive to have large bank accounts in order to provide for all of their needs. In the same way, if they are not following God and allowing Him to be in control, the bank accounts will fail. There will not be enough money to provide for all the needs one may have.
Life consists of more than just food and drink. One needs the nourishment of God and His word in his life on a daily basis.
As you are going through your life, what are you expecting to nourish you? Is it the food you buy with the money your job provided?
Or is it God providing through your job and His grace and mercy?
Keep your eyes and life focused on God and allow Him to be the one in control. Then God will provide for all of your needs. Your hands will work and be prosperous for your needs and the needs of others. Without God, they will fail.
I pray today that you will know God’s provision for your life; that you will trust in God alone; that God will provide for others through you; and that God will receive all the credit for the blessings in your life.
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8
When King Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, had taken over Jerusalem and all Judah, he carried many people into captivity. Out of these people, he chose some who were the best and brightest to work for him. They were brought into the palace courts to work and given the best food and drink, along with all other needed provisions. Daniel was among those given that favor.
The food being provided was food that the Israelites were not supposed to eat according to God’s law. Daniel set it in his heart that he would not defile his body with the food being offered. Regardless of what may happen, he refused to eat that food. He asked the officials to not eat it. He was given favor, because God was on his side.
In this world there are many things that are out there that can defile a believer. No matter what store or location a person walks into things are available to cause one to sin. Pictures, thoughts, and actions are everywhere being done that are filled with sin and can lead a believer down the wrong path. Even other people can lead a person wrong.
As a believer, you must make a commitment to the Lord prior to walking into any place. You must commit to not allowing yourself to be led into sin. You have to choose not to walk down certain paths that the world offers.
In the process of doing this, there will be many times that you will go against the flow of society, even some in the church. Some may be doing it in good will, not meaning to harm you, but still be against God’s ways. It may also be painful. As with Daniel choosing not to eat certain foods, it runs the risk of creating severe pain and suffering. God is with you, and if you choose to follow Him and His ways, He will take care of you.
Before you walk out of your house today, or even your bedroom, resolve in your heart to not allow yourself to be defiled by sin. Refuse to walk down that path as you walk in this world.
I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will choose to follow God alone; that you will choose to not walk in sin against God; and that you will not allow yourself to be defiled by this world.
Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing. Ezekiel 47:12
In the vision Ezekiel is given, he sees water flowing from the sanctuary. The farther he follows that flow of water, the deeper it gets. It becomes a full river, giving life to all around it. Not only do fruit trees grow around it, but each tree bears fruit every month, providing food and healing for the people.
The river that is flowing represents God’s Holy Spirit flowing out from the temple providing life wherever He goes. God is a God of life, not death. His goal is to bring more life to every person. While the Israelites are in captivity for sin against God, He is telling them that there will be a day that He will flow among them bringing life to all who come.
Although the temple no longer exists, there is the church today. The church is made up of people who believe in Jesus. Whoever believes in Jesus is given His Holy Spirit to work in and through him. God’s Holy Spirit still flows out like a mighty river bringing life, food and healing to all who enter His river.
He brings life through the work of Jesus on the cross. He brings food by showing men how to live and serve God on this earth. He brings healing to both the body and the soul of every person who follows Jesus.
Most people are willing to accept God’s river, Holy Spirit, in their own lives, however, many do not allow Him to flow through them to others.
As a believer, you can allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow through you. You have a mission to bring life, food and healing to all who are around you and you will see fruit on a daily basis.
Do not be like some and hoard everything to yourself. Do not sit in condemnation of others, but bring life to them. Jesus forgave you, so you can forgive others. His commission to you was to go and make more disciples.
Allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow like a river to others and bring them real life.
I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will allow God to flow through you to others; that you will bring life, food and healing to those around you; and that many will know Jesus because of you.