Practical Provision… “At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.” Matthew 12:1
Is your struggle over lack of work? Are you willing to work with your hands outside of your interests in order to provide for your family? Labor is labor; it can be toilsome and tiring at times. So, even if your job is temporarily tedious, look at it as a gift from God. Be proud of your work, even when it is more transactional than relational. Our perspective becomes more grateful and realistic–when work becomes a necessity–not an option.
Productive work keeps us focused on provision for those who depend on us, and it keeps us away from unproductive activities. Paul states it well, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies” (2 Thessalonians 3:10-11). Provision follows preparation, so prepare your heart in humility, your head in integrity and your hands in diligence. God helps those who prepare, work hard and trust Him.
It’s bad theology to blame God, the Church and others for our needy situation. It’s good theology to be resourceful and seek out solutions that require humility and focus. Who have you invested in over the years that would be honored to give back to you? When you are transparent about your needs, you give other souls an opportunity to be blessed by blessing you. Honesty is a pure platform to invite God’s provision through friends.
Lastly, do not allow religious restraints to rob you from receiving mercy and being served on the Christian Sabbath. Is there a better time for the Body of Christ to care for one another than on our day of corporate worship and Biblical teaching? Indeed, engage with believers when you are in need, each part of the Body needs the other. If you remain silent you deny others a blessing, but when you speak up God providentially provides.
“But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” (1 Corinthians 12:24b-26).
Have I recognized and received God’s provision? Who needs my provision?
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