Divine Provision and Human Means

Gone are the days of miraculous provision where money simply appeared out of thin air to answer a need. We don’t catch money fish (Matthew 17:24-27) and cash isn’t mysteriously replenished like the widows oil (2 Kings 4:1-7). So is it right to assume God is no longer involved. I don’t think so. Instead the Lord continues to provide miraculous support, but he does it through very ordinary means. The examples cited above were out of the ordinary in those days too. Ordinary means include work, saving, investing, and the kindness of others. In this we have divine provision and human means. This was the case with the Philippian church (4:10-20). God allowed them to be used to carry out his plan to help Paul. Every Christian can do ministry with their money if they have this perspective. A.W. Tozer said, “Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.”

One thought on “Divine Provision and Human Means

  1. I see divine intervention everywhere I look, but through the eyes of an unbelieving world, the supernatural provision of God is misconstrued as the natural order of things – that which can be taken for granted. True, the days of “money fish” may be gone but the church now serves that function, and we all have a vital role to play in the upward call.

    Ephesians 6:5-10

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