Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Still I will – Day 16

Still I will keep my eyes on You, my Provider

Bible text(s)

2You want things, but you cannot have them, so you are ready to kill; you strongly desire things, but you cannot get them, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it.

(Lk 11.9–13)

7“Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock.

Matthew 7:7-8GNBOpen in Bible reader

6Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. 7And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7GNBOpen in Bible reader

24For this reason I tell you: when you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for.

Mt 21.23–27Lk 20.1–8

Mark 11:24GNBOpen in Bible reader

Background: Over the past few years a number of readers shared stories via e-mail about situations in which they trust God for provision. Here is an excerpt from one such e-mail that inspired me, as the reader declares that God provides and supplies amidst raging storms in their lives: “For the past ten months, we have been struggling financially. There were moments in which I wondered how we will get through the week, but God intervened time and time again and supplied what we needed. In all this time, we have never gone to bed hungry. Today I know that He is able to provide and we can put our lives without fear in His hand! All honour to Him.”

Do you need to experience God’s hand of provision in your life today? Perhaps you are also struggling financially, you long for a baby of your own, a spouse, a better job or just something materialistic like your own car or home. Or maybe your child wants to go on a school trip, but you don’t know how you will be able to afford it. Your needs may also be emotional in nature — like longing for comfort from a broken heart after a failed relationship or you long to have good friends to relieve your loneliness. God knows what we need even before we ask Him. Yet, He wants us to ask Him, because He desires to have a relationship with us.

Should we ask God to provide?
Yes. In James 4:2b we read: “… you don’t have what you want, because you don’t ask God for it.” Also, in Matthew 7:7-8: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it will be opened.” An action is required to receive. In Psalm 24:1 we read that everything in the world belongs to God. He is the Source of our provision, so we can talk to Him confidently.

What should we do when we’ve told God what we need?
In Philippians 4:6-7 we read: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” And in Mark 11:24 Jesus said: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. When we, after we have told God what we want, begin to thank Him in faith that the breakthrough is on the way, it is a demonstration of our faith in Him.

Sometimes we get exactly what we prayed for. Other times we get something completely different — but in the long run we will know that God knew best. And even though He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above what we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21), He sometimes protects us by not immediately giving us what we ask for or by giving us something else. It is only in retrospect that we will realise His goodness.

Let us therefore begin to thank God today for what He is about to do. God bless.

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