Papa Jireh, My Provider

Papa Jireh, My Provider

When I was a kid, I often got chastised by my parents because it never crossed my mind that shutting lights off in rooms I was leaving was a good idea. Apparently, it was a waste of electricity and budgeted dollars.

Have you ever imagined what it would be like if God had to pay the bills for all He does? Think aboutEarthSun the amount of energy He is pulling to keep the lights on in the sky. He NEVER flips the switch off. Instead, He rolls 24,901 miles worth of circumference to the opposite side to cut light off as the sun continues to forever shine in its place. Imagine the fuel it would take to spin that axel! What would it cost to purchase the real estate He uses to build His kingdom on? Or the water bill just to keep Seattle wet, let alone England and the rest of the planet. Imagine the medical bills for all the lame, sick, and broken bodies He provides healing for.

What if God started off wealthy, but after so many millennia of continuously shelling out such lavish generosity, His bank account dwindled down to the bottom of the barrel? Let’s just laugh at that. HAHAHAHA! This happens to some people. But God’s resources are unlimited. His abundance is infinite. He owns it all and owes none to any.

He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalms 50:10). That is an exaggerated understatement. The truth is “the earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it,” (Psalms 24:1). God does not have to borrow money, energy or resources from other organizations. He is the power and the source. “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made,” (John 1:3). “And He (Jesus) is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power…” (Hebrews 1:3).

IMGP1843_540God could fund the economy of an entire nation with loose change one might find in His couch cushions. His streets are paved with golden asphalt. A short traipse through His neighborhood would collect enough gold dust on the bottom of your flip-flops to launch you into the next tax bracket.

Not only is God wealthy, He is our Father. And a good one at that! What do good fathers do for their children? They take good care of their every need. I think many Christians miss it in the area of faith for provisions. We tend to believe we have to be perfect or to be able to muster up enough faith to try to convince God that He should step into our situation. I’ve got news for you… He is already in it!

The problem isn’t on His end but on ours. I think its easy sometimes in our prayer lives to view God as a lending agent or an employer who owes us for our wages. He doesn’t want to be viewed as a master that needs to be reminded that we have needs. He wants us to know Him as a good Father who is faithful and true to His side of the relationship. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him,” (Matthew 7:11).

God isn’t looking for a life that earns His blessing or a faith that can conjure up the strength to muscle God into action. He is looking for a proper heart-perspective. One that truly desires Him and what matters to Him. “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you,” (Matthew 6:33). When we pursue Him and His plans for our lives, He is faithful to give us all we need to live that life, on any level.

His name is Jehovah Jireh, “the Lord God is my Provider!” He doesn’t just want us to know that He can provide. He wants us to know Him. He wants us to know that it is His nature as our Papa to provide for us. Knowing Him and His heart accesses the abundance of all He has. “Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ,” (Galatians 4:7). We are His heirs!

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Make this declaration with me:

I am a child of a good God. My Father owns this world and everything in it. As His child, I am an heir of His kingdom, and my inheritance is His kingdom. I don’t have to earn it or convince Him to take care of me. I simply have to trust the nature of who He is. As I seek His kingdom and His righteousness, all my needs are added to me. I entrust my cares into the mighty hands of God.

 

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