God’s Provision is Adequate
When God allows need in His work, He has already made provision for it to be met.
Because ministries have financial needs, it might be assumed God’s supply is limited. Not so! God has ample resources for everything He intends every church and ministry to accomplish.
When God allows need in His work, He has already made provision for it to be met. Consider the story of building the tabernacle. The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt for 400 years. God told Abraham about this coming tragedy generations before it happened. “Your offspring will be strangers in a land that does belong to them; they will be enslaved and oppressed 400 years” (Gen. 15:13).
But God also promised, “I will judge the nation they serve and afterwards they will go out with many possessions” (Gen. 15:14). And that is what happened! When the Israelites left Egypt they, “Asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and for clothing. And the Lord gave the people such favor in the Egyptians’ sight that they gave them what they requested. In this way they plunder the Egyptians” (Ex. 12:35-36.
Imagine – an enslaved people being enriched, voluntarily, by their former masters! God foresaw the enslavement, prepared riches for His people, made them wait 400 years for deliverance, and then enriched them – for a special purpose.
God’s purpose for His abundant supply was not personal gain for the Israelites. It was to provide, through them, the resources to build the tabernacle. When it came time to receive the offering for the tabernacle, the Israelites understood the purpose of God’s provision. They gave until the people “were restrained form bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work” (Ex. 36:6b-7, NIV).
The Israelites understood the purpose for God’s abundant provision. Do you?