OUR LORD THE GREAT PROVIDER
At the start, our very being depended on the provision of existence itself by God. Subsequently, our continued sustenance has depended on the provisioning of materials and conditions that were put in place such that only a modicum of effort on our part would bring forth what we needed for survival.
In Luke 12 verse 24, Jesus said;
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
Here, God is shown to be the provider for mankind in the same way that he is for the ravens in that what they need is brought within arms reach in order to keep them and us alive.
This provisioning is ramped up to a greater degree when people have submitted to God as their Lord. Whereas those who do not honor the Lord as God anxiously pursue the needs of their lives, God's people are provided for by God directly such that they need not fret over such things. As it says in Mathew 6 verse 31 - 32;
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
For our most dire need, the Lord our God also provided for us His great salvation.
When Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, the Lord stopped him and Abraham saw a ram caught by his horns in a bush nearby. The passage goes like this;
Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.”
For the foreshadowing sacrifice of Isaac, God provided His own sacrifice and for the actual sacrifice for the redemption of all mankind, God also provided the sacrifice of His own son.
Let us always bless the Lord who provides all we have need of.