There is an old song called “Jehovah Jireh”, which means the “Lord who provides”. When our kids were really little and we were first learning to trust God with the provision of all our needs “Jehovah Jireh” – God is my provider was my vacuming song. That was because if I was tempted to have a melt down or to start speaking worry, fear and unbelief I would grab the vacuum cleaner and take out my angst and upset on the floors whilst singing my “God provides for all my needs” song.
It’s really easy to get into the mindset that whatever we need or want is simply up to us, our ability, job, investments, or our rich uncle to be our means and source of supply, rather than God being our source. We can in fact spend a lot of time trying to reason everything out in our natural mind and abilities as to how we are going to get all we need, and negate to factor in that our responsibility is to actually seek God and His way of doing things, rather than stress about how we are going to get what we need or have asked for.
An example of this is in the bible when Moses and the Israelites were wandering in the desert. God supplied manna – little wavers of bread that tasted like honey, to feed them but the people began to complain they were tired of manna and decided they wanted meat (Numbers 11). They didn’t complain just a little – they went on and on about how tired they were of God’s manna provision and that it would have been better for them to have stayed in slavery in Egypt. Obviously they had short memories!
Moses began to try and reason what he was going to do to get the people something to eat and said, “shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them?… shall all the fish in the sea be gathered together for them?” (Numbers 11:22) He was stressing and getting into worry and had forgot in all his reasoning about the God who provides.
However God, who had freed these same people from slavery, parted the Red sea to enable them to escape their enemies, led them through the desert in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and who had provided manna from heaven, did not appreciate Moses’ reasoning or questioning. He replied, “Is the Lord’s hand too short?” (Numbers 11:23) In other words stop trying to figure out how this is going to happen, because I am the Lord who provides. Which he did in the form of sending a strong wind that blew hundreds of quail into camp enabling the people to feast on meat for a month.
The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” (Numbers 11:23)
Whenever we are facing a need in our life God doesn’t want us to stress and try to use our limited natural reasoning as to how He is going answer or to get something to us. He has ways that we haven’t even considered. He knows how to get anything and everything we need to us. He is our source because He can do whatever He wants to do. He’ll use natural forces, multiply what we have in our hands, move people to assist and give to us, send help, wisdom, and understanding and even override natural forces to get to us what He has promised in His Word. It’s his job to provide and our job to simply believe what He has said and to do exactly what He asks us to. Nothing more, nothing less!
Today stop wasting a whole lot of effort trying to figure out how God is going to do something. Stop reasoning and start believing. Choose to release your faith and then get ready to receive because God’s arm is not too short!
“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” (Isaiah 59:1)
“My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us”. (Ephesians 3:20 Amp)
Prayer: Lord thankyou that you supply all my needs and that nothing is too hard for you. Help me today to stop trying to figure out everything by myself and instead to take time to find out what you have promised; to ask and then trust that your “arm is not too short” to provide. In Jesus name Amen.