God Provides in God’s Way

Human generosity can lead to divine provision (Philippians 4:19). The faith-filled kindness of the Philippians resulted in a prophetic promise of divine care. But notice the provision is according to God’s standards, not theirs. Furthermore this was a prophetic revelation to a specific church. We are not permitted to extract it for ourselves. This does not say that God will always pay back every generous Christian so that he or she is never in need of anything. If so an apology would be in store for the millions of believers who suffer in their poverty or die for lack of food, shelter, medicine, or physical safety. The one who met needs will be the one who has his or her needs met, but we must embrace divine economics. God is not an insurance company that pays out restorative settlements. Often the provision comes in the form of grace to handle the ensuing trial. Psalm 18:29 says, “For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall”. Sometimes we jump the wall, but more often than not we simply need to plough through the army of discouragements, opponents, liars, and scarcity. This too is provision.

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