Life as a River
God Provides Enough
Do we really believe it?
After all, they must have reasoned, “What could be wrong with building up an emergency reserve of three to six months of food in the event God forgets or fails to continue to take care of us in the future? I mean, wouldn’t that just be good stewardship? Would it? Is this commonly promoted line of reasoning God’s way or is it just the American way we have erroneously inserted into God’s way? Interesting question, isn’t it?
Let me suggest that building emergency reserves or retirement stockpiles from God’s daily provisions to secure our future does not seem to be God’s way. In fact, knowing the deceitfully wicked mind and heart of man (Jeremiah 17:9), God made it impossible for Israel to never depend on accumulated emergency reserves – knowing that doing so would only enable them to put their trust in their accumulated provisions instead of Him, their Provider. Moses reports in Exodus 16:20, “But some of them didn’t listen to Moses. They kept part of it until morning, and it was full of worms and smelled bad.” They simply could not save up any extra (except on Fridays when they could gather up enough for both Friday and Saturday – the Sabbath Day). Beyond that two day supply, it was day to day provisions for 40 years.
I imagine that by now you have already begun doing the same thing I tried to do – attempting to rationalize this idea that “God might want me to live my life with no reserves, no surplus and no extras.” All I can say is, good luck!
In Proverbs 30:8-9 Agur affirms the spiritual danger of having a surplus. He says, “Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.” Agur’s point is quite obvious – give me just enough, because riches will tempt me to forget God and poverty will tempt me to break His laws and dishonor Him. Do you think this tidbit of wisdom might apply to us today?
The New Testament also reinforces this “no surplus” message. Remember when Jesus taught His disciples (at least some of whom were very well off financially) to pray. He told them to pray this way, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). This sounds an awful lot like a prayer that Israel might have been praying each morning, doesn’t it? Apparently, even after 1,500 years had passed, God was still wanting his people to be depending daily on Him as their Provider.
Think about it. This part of His model prayer makes no sense whatsoever, if we have months, years or even a lifetime of surplus resources stashed away for our personal use. Many of us have stored up enough surplus that we could say with a great sense of security, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry” (Luke 12:19). Before you take too much comfort in this verse, know that God later calls the man who said this, a “fool.”
Let me ask you a quite profound question, “What would be wrong with living a hand to mouth existence, if it was God’s hand to your mouth? It seems like this is exactly the situation God wants all of us to be in – depending on Him on a daily basis to give us enough – for that day. I think our greatest challenge is to determine, exactly how do we live this way in the midst of so much excess? And if we do have a surplus, how do we prevent it from hindering our desire and ability to depend on God to take care of us on a daily basis? These are questions that we all need to honestly wrestle with.
God will always provide you enough?
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