12th June 2017

The God Who Provides

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

The Israelites had just been freed from Egypt in a miraculous act of deliverance, but were they happy? No they were not. They moaned and grumbled and griped about their situation. I doubt that there are many things that make us moan as much as when we are thirsty and hungry, and this was the case with the Israelites: They had travelled for three days in the desert without finding water and “so the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?’” (Exodus 15:24) Then just a little while later they were hungry and said to Moses “you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” (Exodus 16:3).

Perhaps you are in need of something right now—it might be something as basic as putting food and drink on the table. If so take it to the Lord in prayer, because the lesson from these two stories is that God does provide for his people, even when they grumble. In Exodus 15:25 we read, “Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.” And in chapter 16 we see that “The Lord said to Moses, ‘I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’” (Verses 11-12)

God provided for his people the exact thing they needed. If we take our needs to God he is faithful to provide, and as he does, it strengthens our trust in him. The Exodus account says, “Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.”

But God’s provision to us isn’t just to satisfy us; it’s also to equip up us so that we can be used by God to provide for others. In Matthew 25 Jesus commends his sheep for what? Here is part of what he said, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…” (Verse 35). When they asked, ‘When did we ever do this for you?’ Jesus replied, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Verse 40).

God still provides today; the question is as God provides for us will we allow him to provide through us? I pray that our attitude will be similar to that of Isaiah, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8), then as we go we are truly serving Jesus.

Prayer
Father, forgive me when I haven’t provided for others as I should have. You have met all my needs in Christ Jesus, help me to share that provision with others.
Amen

Study by Barry Robinson

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About the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove
Camberwell
LONDON SE5 7HN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: barry_robinson@wcg.org.uk

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