The Proof is (in) the Provision

by Lester Young

Let me ask you something: Would you join the military if they told you you’d have to pay your own way? Would you agree to it if you had to pay for your own training, your own tank, your own airplane, your own ship, your own truck, your own gun, your own barracks, your own uniform, your own food and your own medical care if you got hurt in the line of duty? And then you gotta take orders from somebody on top of that?? Not really the best of deals, in my humble opinion.

Fortunately for us, God doesn’t think very much of that type of setup, either. 1 Corinthians 9:7-10 plainly reveals the Lord’s attitude toward His troops – i.e., His people:

“Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain’ (Deuteronomy 25:4). Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does He not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in [expectation] and the thresher thresh in [expectation] of sharing in the crop” (English Standard Version).

Now I used the word ‘troops’ above on purpose. It actually describes a subset of God’s people: because although all His troops are indeed people, all God’s people have not voluntarily joined His Military and become “troops”. The real troops are the ones who actually put on God’s armor and seek and submit themselves to His will and plan for their lives. Matthew 6:25 and 6:32-33 describe them well:

“Do not be anxious for your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? … For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But [you] seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you [as well]” (English Standard Version).

Certainly, that passage of Scripture is very well-known and heavily quoted. And yes, it is for everyone who’ll take it. But we’ve all-too-often overlooked the fact that the promise of “having all things added to us” is one that actually has a small condition attached: we have to voluntarily seek God’s Kingdom and righteousness above and before anything else we seek in life. That simply means we have to seek His ways of doing things and of being right. In other words, whatever He says is right is right and whatever He says is wrong is wrong; in addition to accepting His gift of righteousness – which comes only by believing in Christ Jesus – and not trying to establish our own righteousness (Matthew 18:18 Amplified; Romans 3:22; Philippians 3:9). It means joining God’s forces and conducting our lives according to His orders and directions… and His only! (2 Timothy 2:3)

Trying to “make your own way” in life does not obligate God to provide for you. It’s only when you obediently walk where He tells you to walk that He has promised to be responsible for your life (John 15:10). Remember, when the Lord directs you to do something, He doesn’t mean for you to try to accomplish it on your own. The implication is always that He will be with you in it, He’ll strengthen you for it and He’ll provide whatever you need to get it done (Isaiah 41:10, 13). Because when you’re on the right path – the path He wants you to be on – the proof of it is that you’re going to find all the provision you need to get where He’s told you to go (Matthew 6:33). So if it’s lacking, double-check that the direction you’re heading is indeed the direction He’s leading – and if it’s not, then change your side!


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2 Comments to “The Proof is (in) the Provision”

  1. Great message. I’m reading a book on God’s Provisions by Derek Prince. Interesting, how your post sync with his book.

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