The Heart of provision.

Through growing up in church, I was exposed to all sorts of giving, especially giving of finances. Then also saw many reasons for giving as well. I am sure you have seen it as well and there may be reasons you are positive about regarding giving and then also things that have put you off of the idea.

I have seen God do many supernatural things, from healing the sick, angels showing up, visions, supernatural information from God, divine happenings with people. But regarding provision, I had a hard time because of teaching I listened to while growing up, this cause me to believe things about God that were not true. So I would like to present to you the heart to have provision from God be normal to you. There are many verses that talk about God providing, even has a name Jehova-Jireh – The Lord Provides.

Let’s use some of the most well known scriptures regarding provision.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?Mat 6:25-26

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.Mat 6:31-33

When it comes to giving, I don’t want to get into the laws or how you should give, but rather in what you should expect. It is normal for God to want to give to His children and as this scripture(mat 6:26) says that we are of so much more value than birds. Know that the Lord values you and has even given His Son to have you close, so there would be not reason for Him not to want to provide. Then know that when it comes to providing, it is not just something God does, but it is Who He is, it is His nature. You are allowed to trust Him. The specific thing I battled with was wanting to stay humble, thinking I would be arrogant and entitled to expect provision and somehow I would be taking something from someone else so that I could receive. But as is all condemning thoughts and lies, usually based only on ‘self’ and what it can have. I was not thinking of Who God is to the people that He was sending to give to me, He is Provider for them and is taking care of them as well! As much as God wants to give to me, He also loves providing for them! This way more people receive more to give and my giving also increases.

So it is amazing, God still sends ravens to feed people and make it rain manna as He did in the old testament, now it is is just via people since we are not just cared for, but part of His kingdom work on the earth. Never let anyone condemn you regarding giving and receiving, rather trust Him to take care of you as He sends believers and unbelievers to bring what you need. God will make sure they have what they need too.

The condition and heart to have, is seeking His ability, not yours. It’s good to work and get a salary, I don’t mean we shouldn’t work, I mean the belief that you have to work(or give) to impress God so that you can receive is wrong. Mat 6:33 states that in seeking His kingdom, His righteousness we receive all things. From a heart that believes Him for who He is doesn’t mind giving or receiving because we are secure in Who He is for us.