The Provision of God
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"And they raised up their voices and called, Jesus, Master, take pity and have mercy on us! And when He saw them, He said to them, Go [at once] and show yourselves to the priests. And as they went, they were cured and made clean. Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice; And he fell prostrate at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him [over and
over]. And he was a Samaritan." (Luke 17:13-16 AMP)
"God sent me before you to preserve for you a posterity and to continue a remnant on the earth, to save your lives by a great escape and save for you many survivors. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt."(Genesis 45:7, 8 AMP)
Let's first look at the passage in Luke. Jesus tells these ten lepers to "...Go, at once and show yourselves to the priests." Then the Word says "And as they went, they were cured and made clean." There are a few lessons we can learn from this passage of scripture. First, these verses show us the supernatural power of Jesus and how He wants to heal us. Second, from the example of the man who returned and thanked Jesus, we see how we should respond to His provision in our lives. But the third and possibly most important lesson for me (and this blog post) is that Jesus told them to "Go" and while they were on their way He sent their provision. He didn't heal them and then send them, but He sent them and then healed them! Their healing was their provision. Being a leper meant they could not work, they had to leave their families and were literally outcasts to society. For them to be healed of leprosy meant they could live a productive life, they could participate in their community, they could work, etc.
God will provide our provision in the midst of our obedience to Him. It's not a test, He is not telling us to "GO" because He wants to see if we will obey Him. He tells us to "Go" and then releases His provision so He can increase our faith. Because He has the best plan for our lives and wants us to succeed.
It's pretty easy to trust God when it doesn't cost us anything. However, it strengthens our character and our faith in Him when we lay everything aside and choose to follow His direction.
Remember, fear will keep us from accomplishing what God has called us into, while faith will empower us to move beyond all we could ask or think.
Most of us know the story of Joseph. The most favored son of Jacob, Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery because of their jealousy over the attention he receives from their father. Joseph spends years away from his family. Joseph goes from a slave, to the manager of the governors house, to a prisoner, to the keeper of the dungeon, to second in command in the kingdom of Egypt. The whole time Joseph is constantly gaining favor and power with the governor, the jail master, and eventually with Pharaoh. We see the connection between Genesis 45 and Luke 17 when Joseph tells his family "God sent me before you...to save your lives..." Who has God sent before us? God has told us to "Go" and we know He will release His provision into our lives as we move forward. God has also sent someone before us to help on our journey, just like He sent Joseph into Egypt to care for Jacob and his brothers at the appointed time.
Acts 9:3-18 better illustrates this point. Saul is traveling on his way to Damascus, He has an encounter with The Lord on the road and is blinded. He continues to Damascus and stays in a home for three days. Then God appears to Ananias, who is already in Damascus, and tell Ananias to go to Saul and pray for him and baptize Saul in the Holy Spirit. God sent Ananias BEFORE Saul to release Gods provision and calling into Saul's life.
I am seeing a lot of people that are waiting for direction from God. Direction for their lives, for the next step. God is getting ready to release His plan for our lives along with His provision and spiritual blessings. Have faith in His working. Trust in Him. Remember, It's not our will, but His that matters.
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