22 Aug The Jesus-way of provision
God tends to over-answer our prayers. When He forgives us, heals us and provides for us He exceeds our expectations. He is good. But what is going on in our hearts is even more important to Him than our physical needs.
John 6:5 (NIV)
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”
Jesus didn’t ask this question because He was poor. It was to examine which way Philip’s thinking about money was going. When it comes to finances Jesus asks each of us this question to see which way we are going.
We tend to be spiritual about all things but turn into atheists when it comes to money. Why are we able to trust God for our careers, our relationships and our children but not about money? That is because money is connected to the heart.
We cannot live on this planet without money. That is just a reality. In his answer to Jesus’ question, Philip goes the direction of ‘just enough’ and Andrew goes the direction of ‘not enough’. Then Jesus demonstrates the reaction of ‘God is more than enough’. (Read John 6:1-13)
When we are faced with any financial issue, Jesus is with us. But we tend to count on our own plans. We look to our income, budget, savings and financial planning. The question, however, is not about WHAT (your carefully laid out accounting spreadsheet) but about WHO. Who is with you? Who is your supplier?
In the miracle of multiplying the bread and fish, we get to know four characteristics of the Jesus-way of provision.
- Jesus made the people sit down. We tend to start running around making plans and DOING something to handle the problem or make more money. Jesus starts by putting our trust in God. Trusting in Him means resting in Him.
- Jesus created an expectation that they were going to receive food. Sitting down to them meant that a meal was coming. We have to prepare our hearts to receive abundance even in the face of lack.
- Jesus thanks the Father for the loaves and the fish. In doing this He put the attention onto who the source of our provision is AND demonstrated an attitude of gratitude for what they already had. Your little might be the key to your abundance. Thank the Lord for it.
- Jesus started distributing the food. To see God’s provision manifest in your life, join the distribution plan of God. The world system is about acquisition. In God’s kingdom we are supplied to give. Particularly to give towards His Good News being preached. As we continue to give towards this cause, He continues to supply. When you join this system, the miracle happens in your hand.
Today when Jesus asks about your source of supply – put your trust in Him. With a heart of gratitude fix your expectation on His goodness. Then join His distribution system and see the multiplication happen in your hand!