2 Kings 4:43 God Of Provision

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“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.

Exodus 36:6-7 Give More Than Enough

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Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do the work. Exodus 36:6-7

Money and materials is something that is needed no matter who the person is or what organization it is. The different organizations of this world all need money to make things happen, to be able to do what is needed to be done.

Throughout the year a person will receive many requests to help provide for different organizations. The help is often in financial provision, while others may include at times physical things or physical help–workers. Very few groups can say that they have enough to meet all of their needs at the time.

As the Israelites were traveling in the wilderness, God instructed Moses to have the tabernacle built as a place of worship to Him. In order for the place to be built, there had to be supplies. These supplies were to be provided by the people.

The request for supplies was put out. No one was forced to give, it was all by individual choice. The people were excited to give and gave. They gave so much, that the request to stop giving had to be given.

Some people today often complain that churches and missionaries are always asking for money. Although the needs for finances cannot always be seen as something for building God’s kingdom, many are. Believers are to give generously with a willing and joyful heart.

If every person gave generously to the needs of the church, missionaries, and other believers, most needs could be easily met. The needs could be met well enough, that the need for more would lessen.

No matter how much you give, you cannot out give God. God has poured out many blessings on you and every believer. These blessings are to passed on to others, and not hoarded to one’s own self.

Take a look at your church, missionaries and other God-led organizations and see what they are in need of. Give what you can to help meet their needs as they work to build God’s kingdom.

If you, along with every other believer would give generously, the needs could be met in abundance. How is your giving today?

I pray today that you will see how God is providing for you; that you will give as God has given to you; that you will give generously to help build God’s kingdom; and that you will see God’s work through your giving.

2 Kings 4:3 Don’t Stop With Just Enough

Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.” 2 Kings 4:3

A prophet’s widow had come to Elisha because she was about to have her two boys removed from her due to past due debt she owed. Since she was a widow, she did not have the means to support herself to pay the debts. She told Elisha that she only had a little bit of oil left in a small jar, so Elisha told her to go and get as many empty jars as possible.

Once she had received many jars, she had to pour the oil from her small jar into all the other jars. The oil did not run out until all the jars were filled. She was able to sell the oil and pay her debt and live off of what was left.

It is very common for people to pray for various needs that they have. The prayers are usually to for God to fix a situation in their life. Most of those prayers are very specific to the need that is visibly seen at the moment and stops right there. Rarely do the prayers focus on the long-term or the eternal consequences of the situation.

God loves to fix the situations in the lives of His children, but He fixes them with a long-term goal, not just for the moment. When God provided for the widow through Elisha, it was enough for her to survive on after paying the immediate debt. In order for God to do that, however, she had to go out and get as many jars as possible.

In your life, there may be times when you have to go out and get something for God to use in your life. Give it your best effort and get as much as possible. The item that God may have you get is a job, or a new location, or new friends, or a new ministry, but in and through all of these things, you need God’s Holy Spirit for strength and guidance.

It is good to be touched by His Holy Spirit on Sunday in the church service, but that is not enough. Throughout the week you need to be continually filled with His Holy Spirit to overflowing. As the oil kept flowing for the widow as she poured it out, so will God’s Holy Spirit flow in and out of you as you seek Him.

Seek God’s presence in your life throughout your week, each and every day. Grab to the overflowing of His Spirit in your life. Don’t just stop with “just enough” for now.

How much of God are you asking for?

Do want all of God?

Or just a small part of Him?

Don’t ask for “just enough”, get all that you can and see what God can do in and through you today.

I pray today that you will know God in a greater way; that you will seek to have all of God; that God will fill you daily with His Holy Spirit; that you will not settle for a little with God; and that God will use you to do great things in this world to build His kingdom.