II 7:1, 2 NLT Elisha replied, “Hear this message from the LORD! This is what the LORD says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, five quarts of fine flour will cost only half an ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain will cost only half an ounce of silver.” The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn’t happen even if the LORD opened the windows of heaven!” But Elisha replied, “You will see it happen, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!”
Have things ever become so bad that you lost all hope that it could ever be any different, even if God were to show up with His miraculous power? That’s what was happening in the life of this officer of the king. His life had become so hopeless that he couldn’t see that even God Himself could make a difference in the things that were happening around him. He had lost all hope and faith, even to the point of being skeptical of God’s word, of His power to bring deliverance and His ability to turn a hopeless situation into a miracle of provision.
Sometimes we become so preoccupied with the problems of life that we lose sight of the opportunities that God places before us. Elisha delivered a word from God to give hope but the officer of the king refused to receive it. His response was filled with doubt and unbelief and even cynicism. “That couldn’t happen EVEN if the LORD opened the windows of heaven!” To say that God cannot rescue someone or that situation is impossible demonstrates a lack of faith. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it’s impossible to please God and that faith causes a person to believe that God really is who He says He is and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. In God’s economy believing comes before seeing or receiving His promises.
I love this story because it shows us so much about God’s faithfulness to provide for His own. There’s so much more in this chapter about God’s provision for His people than one blog can contain. He watches over us and cares about the difficulties that we are experiencing. His provision never runs out, He never suffers lack and He always looks for ways to get the provision to us that we need. In this story He used the most unlikely candidates to deliver the news of His provision. Four lepers, sitting outside the entrance of the gate because they had been shunned from society because of their illness, were chosen by God to do His work in discovering and delivering the news of His provision to the king and the people of the city. They weren’t supposed to be around people because they were considered to be unclean because of their illness and yet when they discovered that deserted Syrian camp full of food and supplies they were not turned away from delivering the news of God’s provision. In your situation God may use the most unlikely source to deliver your provision as well.
God’s word came true that day! It happened just as the man of God said. And the officer of the king that was so cynical about God’s miracle working power saw it but was unable to eat of it because the people trampled him to death rushing to get through the gate to get the food and supplies. He lived and died in his unbelief!
Jesus said this: Matthew 21:22 “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
In our economy you don’t receive something until you pay for it, but in God’s economy the currency used to obtain His provision is prayer and faith is the vehicle that He uses to bring the provision. Mark records Jesus as saying it this way: Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” He prefaced this verse with having faith in God and speaking from the confidence you have in Him, knowing that God will honor words spoken in faith from a heart that looks to God for its provision.
In Luke the apostles asked the Lord to increase their faith. They thought they had to have “much faith” to see God move in their lives. But Jesus told them in Matthew 17:6 that they didn’t need a lot of faith, but that faith the size of a mustard seed when spoken to situations as deeply rooted as a mulberry tree would bring results. Romans 12:3 says that we have all been given a measure of faith. But what are we doing with the faith that we have?
In Romans 10 God’s word says that it is the belief that we have in our hearts that brings righteousness into our lives and the confession that we make from that heart of belief is what brings a person to salvation.
Romans 10:8-10 NLT Salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is the message we preach—is already within easy reach. In fact, the Scriptures say, “The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”
If a person’s eternal destiny is changed by confessing what they believe in their heart about Jesus; His provision for salvation being applied in our lives through believing and speaking out of that belief, then everything that we receive from Him comes first from the faith in our hearts and then confessing it with our mouths. That’s the beginning point to receiving. Pray about everything, basing your prayers on a heart of faith in God, and then move out at His direction in receiving it. Meditate on His word until it becomes more natural to speak faith than it is to speak what you see happening around you. Having faith is not a formula that you use to receive from God; it is a confident assurance that God will do what He has promised. Provision from God is seen throughout the Bible; the greatest of which was Him sending Jesus to die for our sins. It was while we were yet sinners that Christ died for us. He didn’t wait until we could show Him that we were worthy, because that is unattainable in our earthy existence. It was when we were at our worst that Jesus came to earth to be the sacrifice for man’s sin, to give us eternal life through our belief and trust in Him. It was after He died for you and me that the Word says that “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
My Friend, God’s word is His will. Faith comes through hearing His word (Romans 10:17) You’re in a battle right now that requires supernatural weapons. Those weapons are the scriptures! If you are having trouble believing God for what you need, get into His word and find the scriptures that pertain to the provision that you need and meditate on them until they become real to you. Then begin to confess them over your life. Look for Him to bring the provision that you need and work with Him in receiving it by seeking Him for what you need to do to live expecting to receive at any moment. God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness through sending manna for their daily provision of food. They had to go out and gather it or they wouldn’t have what they needed. He provided it but they had to go out and get it. God provides and we gather that provision at His direction.
Today I believe the Lord would say to you, “Look up and live, My Child. Look to Me as your Source of provision. I will provide; I will not let you die in the wilderness, but I will make provision for all your needs. Do not be afraid, only believe and receive what I have for you. Turn your face towards heaven and look for My provision, for your redemption draws nigh. Don’t continue to be weighed down with the cares of this world, for I have made provision for your every need.”
Father, this morning I thank You for being our Provider. I speak life into the places of lack in people’s lives this morning. I call forth Your provision and say that they will live, they will not die but according to Your word they will live and receive all that You have for them. Thank You, Father, for the provision of life, of healing, of finances, of mental stability, of deliverance! Thank You for supernatural provision coming into the lives of people today! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.