God is a provider. He showed himself as that when he provided for our eternal salvation by providing a ram to Abraham and fulfilling the promise in Jesus, the sacrificial lamb.
He is also a provider for our basic needs. He provided manna and quail, he feed the five thousand, and he invites us to pray for our daily bread. He is Jehovah-Jireh.
There are times when it might seem that he is not honoring his promise. People sometimes fall onto bad times, lose jobs, face disasters, or suffer other catastrophic issues. Among the factors that must be considered when discussing the issue of the “prosperity” of a Christian are these: 1. national resources, 2. individual capabilities and expectations, and 3. spiritual priorities.
Today I will discuss a bit about NATIONAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES:
Jesus would not have taught to pray for daily bread (Matt. 6:11) if He thought there were going to be any exceptions caused by time or place. In the fifth verse of that chapter, he says, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Surely His will in heaven, is for needs to be met!
It is my opinion that the main reason for poverty worldwide is that God has removed his hand of blessing from nations and governments because of past “sins of the fathers.” Even in those circumstances, however, individuals can trust in the promise of Jehovah-jireh to meet their needs, even though at times the supply seems meager. Even in spite of unholy governments, every Christian has a promise for basic necessities. David said, “ …yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Ps. 37:25). Jesus was not referring to only the blessed people when he said, “…(sparrow) one shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:29-31).
If you were born into, or live in, a “poverty” nation, still trust God. He has not lost you. He cares. He fed Elijah by sending ravens with food! Most often he does it now by sending missionaries or Feed the Hungry groups from somewhere. If you do not have a job, hang on to his word that says: “You shall eat from the labor of your own hand.” (Psalm 128:2) And look for work with that promise to hang on to. I will say more about this in my next “Budget” post.
The American Christian should be humbly thankful for a Godly heritage established by men who sought the will of God for a “nation whose God is the Lord; …(Ps. 33:12). The present generation should accept the serious responsibility of obeying God and interceding for continued blessing to America, claiming God’s promise in 2 Chron. 7:14. God will not cease to be Jehovah-jireh!