Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. –Malachi 3:10
God provides. He is provision. We see this in the wilderness. The Israelites had nothing to eat, and God began raining down food from the Heavens each day. His people did not go hungry.
In the New Testament a large crowd had followed Jesus and night was falling. The disciples, without faith, told Jesus to send the people home so that they wouldn’t go hungry. Jesus said this: “Feed the people.”
What a moment for the disciples! I’m sure they thought, “We can’t!” And Jesus probably nodded, “You’re right! You can’t. But I can. Have faith!”
He then made food for the thousands and they ate. All of them. But not just that, there were 12 baskets of food leftover.
He doesn’t just give us a snack; we get the main course and there is enough for leftovers!
God is provision. He gives us in abundance just what we need. He gives us life. He gives us joy and comfort and peace. And physically, yes, He can manage that area too. Of course, He can.
We worry about our stocks and our retirement accounts; we fret over our jobs. And while planning and stewardship is important (of course it is), we cannot put second things before the first thing. As God’s people, what we need to focus on is simply Him. He provided in the past–time and time again. He promises to provide in the future (“I go to prepare a place for you.”). So why would He forget right here, right now?
Truth is, He won’t. He will provide. He may not make us rich. He may change our station in life. We may move towns, change jobs. It may not be in any expected way, but if we trust Him, He will give us just what He knows we need.
We must trust Him. We do this by casting our cares upon Him. We do this be allowing Him control over our finances (finances we are merely stewards of anyway!). And when we give God our hearts–and hence our actions: our worries, our cares, our desires–He fills the storehouse of our souls. It spills over with leftovers.
God is provision. He provides. He looks on as we worry and fret and scheme and sweat, waiting for us to rely on Him and to fill our storehouse with a peace that surpasses understanding.