The Lord has given us so many promises of His faithful supply, safe keeping, health etc. His example of how He lived while on earth was just a foretaste of how He wanted us to live once He returned to the Father. He multiplied the loaves and fishes, turned water into wine, and pulled the money needed to pay His taxes out of the mouth of a fish. And as amazing as those miracles were, He promised in John 14:12 that “He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto My Father.” So if you are a believer in Jesus, you just need to use your little “mustard seed” of faith and claim those blessings! (See Mk. 11:23-24) It’s like shopping in God’s Kingdom supermarket. You know you’re going to have to pay at the check-out, but you never know by what avenue He may choose to supply!
Take for example something I experienced just the other day, where I observed first-hand how our loving Heavenly Father used the abundance of a rich couple to supply the needs of a poverty-stricken old woman.
My husband Andrew had gone into a large hardware store to look for something he needed, and since it was sunny out, I chose rather to sit on a curb stone of the parking lot to bask in the warmth of this beautiful early spring day. As I sat, I watched as an older lady come out of the shop and walk towards the exit of the parking lot, obviously too poor to own a car. Something then caught her attention on the ground, and as she stooped over, I observed her picking up what looked to me like a purple note! She looked around as if trying to identify who might have dropped it, but since no one was around, she proceeded happily on her way. About 5 minutes later, I watched as a well-to-do looking couple exited the store, acting somewhat stressed as they searched around the parking lot for something they had apparently lost. At first I did not make the connection. This couple seemed to be very desperate and went around the area several times before finally giving up and getting into their large expensive car and zooming off.
Shortly after, Andrew returned and I asked him if the local currency included a purple-colored note. He said, “Local currency, no. But there is a purple 500 Euro note.” I told him what I had been observing over the past 15 minutes, and we concluded that the elderly lady must have stumbled across a 500 Euro note that the rich couple had somehow dropped! In a poor country like the one in which we were living, the average old-age pension is about 100 Euro/month, so this find would have provided for the lady for quite a long time indeed.
As we drove home, I must admit the thought came across my mind, “Lord, why didn’t you let me find that money?” But the answer was clear — He had already supplied all my needs (Phil 4:19)! That poor old lady had probably been pouring out her heart at that particular time, praying for a miracle from God to help her in her time of need, and this was His way of supplying for her. Now the lesson in this is not to walk around staring at the sidewalk in hopes of finding someone’s lost treasure, but to put your trust in Jehovah Jireh – the great and loving provider of all we need!
People can tend to worry and fret when listening to the news about how worldwide debt is at all-time highs, banks are failing, nations are going bankrupt, homes are being repossessed, pension plans are being wiped out, unemployment is at record highs, students are buried under a mountain of debt and cannot find work upon graduation, and the entire fiat currency house of cards is on the brink of collapse as national reserve banks move to negative interest rates and create digital currency at unprecedented rates while hyper-inflation looms just around the corner.
But how wonderful is it rather to lean on God’s good promises and put all these worries behind! Jesus taught often about financial issues when he was here on the earth. Take for instance the widow who dropped two small coins into the temple treasury, saying she had given more than all the rich people put together (Mark 12:41-44), and how it is more difficult for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. (Mark 10:24-25) He also taught his disciples how to trust God for all their needs in the Sermon on the Mount, specifically in Matthew 6:19-33, where He finishes by saying “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these (physical) things will be added unto you”.
As Kingdom citizens we have eternal security, and God has placed in His Word many great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4) to that effect. (e.g. Phil. 4:19, Lk. 6:38). So we have nothing to worry about! Even if the global economy is on the brink of the abyss, we have a rich and loving Father Who “owns the cattle on a thousand hills”. (Ps. 50:10)