Material Deficiency

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And I speak to this day and I call you blessed. And I declare that I serve a mighty God who today will do exceedingly and abundantly beyond all that I can ask or think.

Deborah and Jeremy woke up with the same problems they’d gone to bed with. Their mortgage payment was due in a few days and there was no money in their bank account to pay it. Besides that, the pantry was getting pretty bare and they had three children to feed besides themselves. They hugged each other briefly as they prepared for the day ahead.

“I’m going to ask my father for a loan,” Jeremy said as he began his morning routine. “We’ve tried to sell your car and no one even looked at it. We’ve cut back on all the extras like entertainment and eating out, but still there’s not enough money. I don’t know what else we can do.”

Deborah looked at her husband. “Maybe I need to go to work. We could get a sitter for the kids …”

“… and spend all of your salary on a sitter. You know we decided that the kids need you at home.” Jeremy hung his head. He felt like such a failure.

What Jeremy and Deborah had failed to do was seek and rely on God’s provision for them. Ephesians, chapter 3, verse 20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”  God is waiting for us to look to Him, to ask Him to provide for our needs while we acknowledge that all we have is His to begin with.

I remember once, when I prayed for some additional contracts to come into my husband’s business, I asked God for ten and He provided 15 within the week. I was astounded and yet, I shouldn’t have been. God is able, according to this verse, to do immeasurably more than we could ask.

He provides a job for couples to build a life upon. He places people in their lives to teach them about finances and how to be good stewards of what He has provided. His word teaches His children how to honor Him first with their tithes and offerings. But it also teaches that we are to rely on Him, not on our own understanding.

Jeremy and Deborah went everywhere else first. They tried to solve the problem in their life alone without ever seeking God’s help. Praying to the Almighty Creator should be the first thing we do when a crisis comes. Then we can look for His answer. It may very well be that He will use the people in our life to provide that answer but He is still the provider.

Pray first in all circumstances. Prayer should be the Christian’s first response, not the last resort. Seek the Lord of all Creation to provide answers to your dilemmas and then watch Him work all things out for your good. Praying for material needs is not un-biblical. After all God owns it all anyway.

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