We’re not seeing things right because we expect something very different to what the power of provision really is.
The whole process for provision starts when you offer what you have regardless of whether or not it seems to be enough to you.
Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”
– 2 Kings 13.14 NIV
You should know that Elisha was more than a preacher because he was the whole defense system of the nation. But notice that Elisha didn’t prevent the attack of the enemy. He just gave them strength to fight.
We usually confuse the provision of God with the prevention of problems.
The power of provision
Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. “Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.
“Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”
Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.”
–2 Kings 13.15-19 NIV | The power of provision
God gives you the victory but is your responsibility to make the shot. Especially because you will miss a 100% of the shots that you don’t make.
Bottom line. It was not the lack of weapons but a lack of will that didn’t fulfill its victory.
You have to make a choice: Would you wipe for what you’re losing? Or would you use the weapons that are left? Because what you see is up to you.
Your perspective is connected to your provision.
I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
– Philippians 4.10-11 NIV
Here’s the word of Paul about provision. He says that his problem created an opportunity and although provision is nice, it’s no needed since Paul have learned to live on both sides of provision.
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!”
– Acts 3.3-4 NIV
Let me highlight the word saw which talks about vision. Because if the enemy can blind you about your needs, they can blind you about your supplies.
What God wants for you is to see your situation through the lens of provision.
5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
– Acts 3.5-6 NIV
What if the windows are closed because you don’t open them?
God is telling you: I don’t need you to feel, I need you to preach.
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