LORD I AM TAKING YOU AT YOUR WORD AS I GIVE

Sbheko Cele

It is the mark of a true Christian to both give and trust in the Lord’s provision. It is imperative for us as women-as we grow in the knowledge our saviour Jesus Christ-to receive a revelation of God being our ultimate source of provision (Gen 22:14). We must also freely give out of obedience to the Father as the Word of God instructs us too in many scriptures of the bible. Our giving should be preceded by love; we see this in God Himself in how He gave His son the sacrificial Lamb of God because of His immeasurable love for us (John 3:16).

Do Not Be Conformed To The Standards of This World

It is heart breaking to say that we live in a world where women are ignorant to the truth of God being the divine provider of all things. This lack of knowledge about the provision and security of God results in women perishing in prostitution, gold-digging, sugar daddies (also known as blessers) which truthfully speaking blurs the vision of God’s provisions for our lives. All these ungodly sinful alternatives that women utilize for “making ends meet” or living lustfully desired fancy lifestyle are vain meaningless toiling and are self-seeking fruitless works. God wants us His daughters to keep ourselves free from the love of money and be content with what we have (Hebrews 13:5-6) as we strive to enter His rest (Hebrews 4:1-11).

Lean Not To Your Own Understanding

When we read in the bible 1 Kings 17:8-24 we see that the widow didn’t think that what she had was much, I mean logically all she saw was a handful of flour in a jar and little oil in a jug. She even thought it was just enough for her to eat with her son and die. Which is what we do when we focus on our circumstances and not God, we are unable to have a spiritual vision and see what God sees but rather we contemplate with failing human reasoning. When the widow obeyed God and the Word of God was spoken by Elijah over what she had and saw as nothing, both the jar of flour and jug of oil didn’t run out (1 Kings 17:26). Through her obedience in giving and trusting the Lord she even received a miracle for her son who came back to life and after this she was surely convinced that indeed the Word of the Lord in Elijah’s mouth was truth. We also learn about the Lord’s endless provision from the widow in 2 Kings 4:1-7 who needed to pay her debts. This woman also was not aware that the jar of oil she had was more than enough to be used to pay her creditors and for her sons to live on. Both these women were widows and before God revealed Himself to them they were burdened in deceptive hopelessness but when they knew Him as Jehovah Jireh they were redeemed.

Giving Our Hearts To God

We as women should not rely on men neither be dependent on them as our source of provision because by doing this we are idolizing them and expecting from them only what the Father can give us. Whether we are single or married God is the only true provider who provides exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask for or imagine. Everything comes from Him. We must pray for God to open up our eyes of understanding so that we can be faithful with what He has already given us and give Him our first fruits as He opens up the windows of heaven for us (Malachi 3:8-10). We must also ask God to deal with our hearts that we may not chase after the lavish way of living of this world that seeks after material things, but rather that we set our minds on things above and not on things that are on earth (Colossians 3:2). Let us lay up our treasures in heaven and not serve money but seek God’s kingdom first and not worry about anything for He knows more than we do what we need even before we ask for it (Matthew 6:19-34).

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