God's Supply (2)

  • As promised at the end of part 1, here are some other stories of God’s supply always exceeding your needs. I encourage you to study them for yourself. I’m talking about Gideon’s story in Judges 6, the widow of Zarephath in 1 Kings 17, the wedding at Cana where Jesus turned water into wine (unfortunately, the church has been trying to turn the wine back into water for some time now), and many others. Rahab the harlot, Ruth the Moabites, Saul of Tarsus who discovered God’s grace was sufficient and so on.

    The point is quit focusing on your area of lack. Focus on the largeness of God’s heart and supply toward you. Recognize the abundance Jesus wants to bless you with instead of your impossible situation and receive His supply. When you do, He will supply what you need and leave you with leftovers in every area of insufficiency! When you’re supply-oriented, you’ll see God work miracles in your life.

    I’ve said this before. “Until you receive the finality of the cross, you’ll never experience the power of the resurrection.” The power of the resurrection includes God’s great, abundant, more than enough supply.

    The reason we can see and are able to receive the supply all around us is because 2,000 years ago, a lonely and beaten-beyond-recognition figure hung on Calvary’s cross. It’s not because we are good or deserving. Jesus chose to take our place and become a curse for us. He bore all our sins. He was cursed so that we can be blessed.

    He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46) so that today, you and I can say, “My Father, my Father, why have You so blessed me?” He was in darkness, so that we can be in eternal light. He took all that we deserved, so that we can be supplied with and receive all that He deserves all the time!

    It’s legal for faith to have an attitude. It is not humility to demean the power and authority God has given to us, or reject all that He supplies. God is not honored by me denying what he’s done for me. Jesus took what I deserve, to give me what he deserves. It’s not pride for me to receive what I deserve. It’s Grace.

    Grace always supplies because love is always giving. The very nature of God Himself is love. We have heard over and over that God is love. It isn’t that God gives love or provides love, but that He is love. If you give or provide something, you can always stop. However, if you are something you never stop being that.

    The Father is love and He’s all about love! Love Gives! John 3:16 reads “For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son”. Love gives! Love doesn’t take. Love gives! In fact, love gives more than you can take! So God, who is defined as love, and who personifies perfect love, is always giving, giving, giving.

    In the Gospels, you’ll find that during His earthly ministry, God the Son was always giving. Jesus meant every word He said when He said, “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)

    Jesus also had a trait associated with His giving. He always gave more than what was asked for. Love always gives more. Just think about your children. If they have a need, don’t you more than meet that need?

    That’s the thing about Jesus. When He gives, He always over-supplies! He doesn’t know how to give you just enough. We see this again when He healed the man with the withered hand (Luke 6:6–10). When everyone else around them saw only the hopelessness of the situation (how do you heal a withered hand?), Jesus saw the supply for the man to be made whole. He saw heaven’s supply of healing all around that man and his withered hand, and that withered hand became replaced with a whole, healthy one.

    Verse 10 in the NAS says his hand was “restored”. Restored means “to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition”. It’s like restoring an old car with all the original manufacturer’s parts. God is the manufacturer. When something is broken, you go back to the manufacturer who provides you with what you need to restore the item in like new condition.

    In the Gospel of Luke, it says that it was the man’s “right hand” that was withered. Now, whether or not he was right-handed, losing the use of one hand must have greatly affected his ability to make a living. And when a person can’t really make a living, when he can’t provide enough for his family, he loses the respect of others, even his loved ones. So when Jesus healed the man, He gave the man more than just a new right hand. He gave him back his livelihood, and with that, his self-worth and the respect of others. He loves us and supplies our needs in abundance.

    Once again. God’s supply always exceeds your need. Stop focusing on the hopelessness of your situation. Instead, Begin to focus on the enormous love of God for you. Realize that love not only gives, but gives in abundance. When you do, you will be able to see the oversupply of grace available to you. Because of that, you can expect God to give to you beyond your wildest imaginings! Grace and Peace.