With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Ephesians 3:20-21
I am a planner. I love to be prepared for the unexpected. I love to have extra (of something) that we might run out of. I love creating to do lists and itineraries for trips we go on. It is a part of my makeup. I love a clean environment. I like everything in its place. It makes me smile when I complete a task or the laundry room is empty!
But, recently, the Lord has been speaking to me about how Christians are different from the world. When we are talking to our neighbors and they bring up the economy, what do they see in us? Do we join in the fear-filled conversation? Do we believe that we have a victory when the world seems defeated?
Recently, I heard a fabulous quote from Pastor Ken Jumper,
” We all say, ‘We are His Hands and Feet’, but we are His Face to the world. Without us, Christ remains faceless!” ~ Ken Jumper
Amazing! We represent His Hope, not the hopelessness we see in the world. We are His Answer, in a world filled with questions.
There are many, in the church and outside, who are frantically grasping for more food, supplies, and ammunition, when God has always promised to supply. I have searched His Word for a scripture to substantiate hoarding or becoming a doomsday prepper. Even if one might fit in that category, I have found many more scriptures and a multitude of instances where God came through with “little to no” saved up food or supplies.
And God can give you more blessings than you need. Then you will always have plenty of everything—enough to give to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Sure, we can point to Joseph and his saving the food in Egypt that would one day be Israel’s sustenance. But take note, that the very land where Israel ran to, for food, became the very place where they prayed to be released from captivity.
Many more instances throughout the Old and New Testament, give testimonials of a God of the impossible. A God that must be trusted by faith. In the midst of the desert, the children of Israel were fed from drops of manna falling from Heaven. Elijah prayed and the widow’s ounce of oil filled as many jars as she could get her hands on. Even Jesus took a tiny lunch and fed 5,000. Amazing feats accomplished, not through human endeavors, but by faith in God.
And God was Seen!
Human wisdom says, “I will show God’s power by being frugal. I will save and never need to depend on another”. Is this what God would have us be? Paul said,
“My teaching and preaching were not with words of human wisdom that persuade people but with proof of the power that the Spirit gives. This was so that your faith would be in God’s power and not in human wisdom.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
What does human wisdom and fear based planning show the world, looking to us for a difference? How can we proclaim that we have a Saviour,when we live on rations stored up in our pantries, just as the world.
Truly, we can see the inflation and the waning power of the American dollar, but even the Children of Israel saw the locust, the plagues of Egypt all around them, but because of their faith in God, they were immune from the diseases. Even Abraham, after Lot took the better land, was blessed by God and that land became a fertile land, while Lot’s selfish pick became utterly destroyed by fire.
The Lord spoke to Abram after Lot had left him. He said, “Look up from where you are. Look north and south. Look east and west. I will give you all of the land that you see. I will give it to you and your children after you forever. Genesis 13:14-15
The world must see God in us. Self-sufficiency such as manufacturing a plan to beat the economic demise of the government or hoarding and setting our homes as a place of refuge reveals our lack of faith in God. It quite possibly sets us up for ruin, because we begin trusting in our provisions, when God wants us to trust solely on Him! Plus, how can we keep so much in our pantries or our churches, when God has told us to give and it would be given back to us! (Luke 6:38)
You must completely obey the Lord your God, and you must carefully follow all his commands I am giving you today. Then the Lord your God will make you greater than any other nation on earth.Obey the Lord your God so that all these blessings will come and stay with you. Deuteronomy 28:1-2
Deuteronomy gives the clearest instruction on how to always receive the favor and blessing of God.
God’s amazing grace and love chases after us all, both sinner and saint. But there is a place of faith and obedience that brings His blessings regardless of our GPS location. Whether we are in a poverty-stricken land or in a land filled with disease, we trust and obey God Almighty.
Do we believe it? We sing about it. We preach it. Do we follow a God who covers us in an insecure economy? Do we serve a God who heals us, when there is an epidemic?
The Lord says, “Whoever loves me, I will save.
I will protect those who know me.
They will call to me, and I will answer them.
I will be with them in trouble;
I will rescue them and honor them.
I will give them a long, full life,
and they will see how I can save.” Psalm 91:14-16
If we proclaim Psalm 91, we must stand on our solid faith and not be swayed by the swirling fear.
Those who are right with me
will live by faith.
But if they turn back with fear,
I will not be pleased with them.” — (Habakkuk 2:3–4) Hebrews 10;38
Who do those around you see? Do they see Jesus in your eyes? Do they see you handling life differently or do they see you just like anyone else? If you love and obey God, impossible things happen.
Blessing, healing, and miracles can be part of your life when God is Your GOD!
And He will be seen!