Situation: “How can I know God will provide?”
Whenever we give, we give by faith. We release some of what God has given us, trusting that He will continue to meet our needs.
As Generosity Path spreads the biblical message of generosity in the developing world, friends in places like Ethiopia and Bangladesh have asked, “How can I know God will provide?”
For this reason, we have an entire section that focuses on the “fears that keep us from giving.” Our friends in the UK have made a great film that helps us meditate on God’s great promises of provision. Check it out below.
Scripture: God tells He will provide, and shows us examples of His provision
In Scripture, Jesus tells us not to worry. Take a moment to meditate on Jesus’s teaching from Matthew 6:25-34:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
God also tells us stories of miraculous provision. One of the most powerful examples comes from 2 Kings 4:1-7.
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
Steps: Check out this spoken-word meditation on 2 Kings 4
Our friends at GrowMyTrueSelf.org are at it again. This spoken-word clip, The Widow and Her Oil, helps us reflect on 2 Kings 4. Enjoy!