Monday, April 29, 2024

God of Provision

If you're at all like me, you've spent a lot of your life working very hard to have what seems like very little. In fact, it was just yesterday that I saw someone post a meme on social media talking about how quickly the paycheck seems to disappear, with plenty of "likes" to affirm its message. 

We are living in an age of inflation, where the price of everything seems to be going up except for the price of the labor market, where wages are stagnating. We are, as we have in past times in America, working harder for less, stretching to make ends meet, and still often coming up short. Requests for assistance, need for aid, pleas for the basic necessities are rising. 

But God. 

There's a story in 2 Kings where the kings are afraid of Moab, they're prepping for battle as best they can, they are worried about providing for their livelihood. Everyone is thirsty. And God says to them, through the prophet Elisha, "Watch."

Watch, and the valley will fill up with water. There won't be rain. There won't even be a hint of wind. But the valley will fill up with so much water that you, your livestock, everyone you know, and their livestock will have enough water to drink to satisfy them. And then come those words that make this whole verse so powerful: 

And that's not all! It is indeed a small thing for the Lord

Enough water to quench the thirst of every living thing in the region is "a small thing" for God. And He promises He's going to do the bigger thing, too. 

Our God, the God who created everything out of the formless and void, who spoke into the darkness and created the light, who by a single utterance planted grass and trees and flowers in the ground, who carved out the rivers and dug out the oceans and piled up the mountains, who bent down and played in the dirt and then breathed the breath of life into it....our God is a God of provision. He is a God who provides our every need. 

He is a God for whom this kind of provision is, indeed, a small thing. It's so easy. And He loves to do it. 

Honey in the rock, manna on the ground, water in the valley...all of it. 

If you're hungry, cry out to Him. If you're weary, cry out to Him. If you're thirsty, cry out to Him. And then watch the valley you're in fill up with holy water.

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