Day 21 — Jesus: Our Provision
21 Days of Jesus, A Devotional
by Elder Kimberly Williamson
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!” — Philippians 4:19
Few things cause more stress than the realization that we may not be able to meet the requirements of our obligations. When we don’t have complete trust in the Lord, the anxiety caused by this fear can cause us to compromise our values and even manipulate, beg, borrow or steal. The greatest example for our right posture in these situations is Abraham’s response to God’s request for him to sacrifice his one and only son Isaac in Genesis Chapter 22. The instant before he dropped the knife to slay his son, an angel called for him to stop and miraculously just off to the side was a ram stuck in a bush for his sacrifice.
This passage is where God’s name Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide) is revealed (Genesis 22:14). The interesting thing about the names of God is that they are revealed as they are demonstrated. In other words, God IS our provider, but before that moment, Abraham did not know Him as such. The revelation of that aspect of God came as God became what Abraham needed — provision. And that’s what makes this aspect of God so difficult for us. Because you don’t get a true revelation of God as Jehovah Jireh until you are in the wilderness… It’s when your resources begin to dry up and you’re in a season of lack, not plenty.
It is so important to God that we understand this aspect of Him that He fed the children of Israel manna — daily bread, for 40 years before bringing them to a land where the milk and honey flowed freely. In the New Testament, Jesus instructed his disciples to “take nothing for the journey except a staff — no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts — “ (Mark 6:8. Luke 9:3). No one enjoys seasons of lack, but if you trust God you will see some of His most amazing work in this season! II Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” I have found this to be true…
In some of my darkest hours, the Lord truly showed Himself strong!
I have so many testimonies of God as my provider but one of the most powerful is the year that He sustained me on sales from my book of Christian poetry, “Mountain Move!”. I remember one day being anxious that my car insurance that was due on Tuesday and I didn’t have money to pay for it. As I lamented about my car note, I heard the Holy Spirit say, (not in an audible voice), “It’s only Thursday…” Well that day, I sold five books and the next day I sold eight books and the following day I sold 15 books and so on and by Tuesday I had more than enough to pay my auto insurance. That Tuesday as I thanked and worshipped the Lord, He spoke to my heart once again. The exchange went something like this: He said, “Kimberly, if you had a $50 million dollar trust fund, would you worry about your bills?” and I said, “Of course not!” And then He said, “What if you could only access what you needed for that day…” and I said, “No, I wouldn’t worry because I know the money is there.” He responded, “Well, your trust fund is far greater than $50 million…” and suddenly Philippians 4:19 came to me, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!” We are joint heirs of the kingdom of God, my friend! Every beast of the forest belong to Him and all the cattle on a thousand hills! (Psalm 50:10).He shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory!
There is no lack in Him and we are HIS!
While God may use people or resources to help meet our needs, it is vitally important that we don’t lose perspective that HE IS OUR SOURCE. To truly walk by faith we must learn to trust Him day-by-day to provide all our needs. Read Matthew 6:25–34 and trust in the Lord with all your heart! No matter what your situation, God can make a way out of no way! If he drew water from a rock for the grumbling Israelites, how much more will He do for you…? Remember, He cares for you! He knows what you have need of before you even ask. Be encouraged and trust in the Lord. HE is our Provider!
“I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the godly abandoned, nor their children begging for bread.”
- Psalm 37:25