Seeing God’s provision in a new light – His light!
Overwhelmed emotionally, spiritually and physically, we cry out. We cry out in desperation because there is nothing else we can do to survive the next moment.
We finally realize how we need God’s help. It’s never been about us but always Him. His ways are better than our ways. He can do the impossible. He can bring about hope in the midst of our complete uncertainty and despair.
It’s in these dark moments, that we often start to see God working in our lives, if we will open our eyes and heart to him. (God, of course, is always working in our lives but when things are going well we don’t always give Him the credit.)
It’s when we start to acknowledge God during our trials that we realize, it’s never been about us, but always about him! Once we realize this, we see our circumstances in a new light. His light!
Our circumstances viewed in his light, allows us to give God glory no matter what the day brings.
But most of all we start to see God’s provision in a new light too! We start to understand the truth behind what Jesus said, “man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).”
This Matthew passage is a direct quote from Deuteronomy 8.
“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good.”
What Deuteronomy 8 reveals about God’s provision
So often when we think of God’s provision, we think of it in terms of providing us relief, financial support or physical comfort. We don’t always look at it as a faith building exercise, but it is. And truly, building our faith is the ultimate provision!
1 – God will lead you!
God does not expect us to walk this journey of life alone. No! He said, “Follow me!” He plans to lead us by His word (the Bible) and His Holy Spirit. Just like he led the Israelites through the dessert for forty years, He will lead us. Now, notice what verse two says:
Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.
He not only will lead us but he will provide opportunities to humble our spirit so that we can be more in line with His ways and remember to put our Lord first instead of the momentary pleasures of his world. In doing this, our faith will be strengthened.
Praise God for being willing to lead us through the enjoyable and extremely difficult roads with us.
2 – God provides in ways we can’t even imagine!
God finds amazing ways to grow our faith and many of these opportunities come from how He provides for us physically. For example, think of your best and most comfortable pair of shoes. How long do you think they will last?
Never in your wildest dreams would you have probably thought your best pair of shoes lasting 40 years. But check out how God unexpectedly took care of the Israelites while they were wondering:
For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell (verse 4).
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord (verse 3).
Isn’t that amazing? Not only did they not get blisters and they only needed one pair of shoe for four decades but as God humbled them, he provided for them too in many different ways.
3 – Discipline is a provision too!
What? Yes, it’s true! When God cares enough to correct us so we stay on the straight & narrow path in order for us to be with him for eternity, we can start to see discipline in a positive light. Discipline grows our faith and molds us into who Christ calls us to be. Even though we might not enjoy being disciplined, we can trust that God has what is best for us in mind.
If you’re athletically minded or enjoy sports think of it like this:
God is THE best coach around. He sees all your potential and he doesn’t want you to waste it. He knows what you are capable of doing not only because he created you, but because He has given you the Holy Spirit to help you accomplish what He has planned out for you to do! He wants you to be disciplined in your faith so that you can persevere and run the race without giving up.
Verse five says:
Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
We are called to remember how God not only brought our faith forefathers through the wilderness but we should also remember how he has led us through our own “wilderness” moments too. Let’s praise God for how he builds our faith through His amazing provision!