Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Has God failed to provide?

Ever heard this before?
Enlarge your tents! God is Jehovah Jireh, my provider! He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and has more than enough for you. All you need to do is receive it!
Maybe not those exact words, but words just like it. Some of them are direct quotes from scripture, so they must be true. Right?

When we look at the world around us today and see the lives of people all across the planet, it's clear that something's not true. Even if we just look at the faithful Christian we don't see everyone building larger tents. We see extreme poverty, extreme wealth, and everything in between.

I think that the problem is not that God won't provide. Instead, I think that God has already provided more than enough for us. A quick google for "is there enough food for everyone" shows loads of statistics about how much food is produced as compared to the population. With advances in farming techniques over the centuries we are even more productive than ever before.

Maybe the problem is greed. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray he said:
Give us today our daily bread.
Daily bread. It's modest. It's a staple food that gives plenty of energy. Are we content with our daily bread? Even in the story of manna in the wilderness the people were told not to collect more than their daily bread. Jesus told a parable about a man who built a huge barn to store the accumulation of his wealth, only to die that night.

Perhaps God has already provided, but the problem is us.
Enlarge your tents (by taking space from someone else's tent)! God is Jehovah Jireh, my provider (not yours)! He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and has more than enough for you (but I'll keep a bit extra, just in case). All you need to do is receive it (and not share it)!
Will we be content with our daily bread? Or will the deadly sin of greed stop God's provision for those people in need?
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