When some people wake up in the morning, they’re not expecting God’s provision. They’re expecting lack. They’re not expecting God’s favor; they’re expecting to be attacked by ten o’clock! I don’t live like that. I’m waking up looking for the blessing of heaven. I’m looking for the provision of the Lord. The Bible says the blessing of the Lord makes one rich and He adds no sorrow with it. (See Proverbs 10:22.)
God wants you to have abundant life — good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. (See Luke 6:38.) That’s what you are to expect. What are you expecting from tomorrow? Good things. What are you expecting from this week? Good things. I’m not believing for bad things. I’m believing for good things. I’m believing for the provision of the Lord.
Sometimes, however, we slip and find ourselves worrying about the Lord’s provision. This even happens to ministers. I remember a time when we were on the road, constantly, in crusades. I couldn’t take a week off and believe that God was going to meet the needs of our ministry during my time off. I had a battle with that, and the Lord really had to speak to me about it, “You mean I can’t meet the need if you take a holiday? Don’t you work for Me?”
I said, “Yes, Lord, I work for You.” He said, “Well, can’t you have a holiday on Me?” I really had to come to a point of trusting God that even if I wasn’t preaching, He still would provide for me. That’s hard for a minister.
He’s a Provider. His very presence, His very nature is that if He showed up at your house and there was no food, He would provide food. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (See John 14:6.) So when you’re sitting there and you’re saying to yourself, There is no way, you must realize that there is a way and His name is Jesus. He makes a way.
Somebody said, “I don’t know what to do, I’ve got a brick wall behind me and I’ve got a brick wall in front of me.” But Jesus will make a way. He’ll open the door. If there’s no door to open, He’ll blow a hole in the wall!
In John, chapter 2, we find that the very first miracle Jesus did was a miracle of provision. He provided for a need. Jesus, His mother Mary, and the disciples were at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. When the wine was all gone, Mary said to Jesus, “They, q have no more wine.” Then she said to the servants. “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
I believe that’s the key to the provision of the Lord: “Whatever He tells you to do, do it.”You may not know what to do, but the Word of the Lord will come to you — “Do this,” or “Do that,” and the door will open. God will make a way where there is no way; and the provision of the Lord will be there. What was the result of this miracle? It wasn’t just that the guests had something to drink that day. The purpose of Jesus’ miracle is revealed in John 2:11 (AMP):
This, the first of His signs (miracles, wonderworks), Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory [by it He displayed His greatness and His power openly], and His disciples believed in Him [adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Him].
Because of His miracle of provision, His disciples believed in Him. When you have a need in your life and God, by His power, begins to supply your need, your whole life changes. Your trust in Him rises, so that you can believe Him for all kinds of things. “I saw Him do it last week,” you say, “so I know He’ll do it again today. I remember what He did ten years ago, so I know He’s gonna do it again.”