Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 2, 2018

Jehovah Jireh: Our God Provides

“Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” John 6:7 (NIV)

Why do we get up each day, get ready and head to work? Why do we look for a paycheck at the end of each pay period?”

If you are like me, you work because you need to earn a living, which means doing whatever we can to ensure our survival: having food on the table, having routine medical checkups, paying for transportation, which could mean taking a bus, subway or owning a car. We also separate part of our wages for tithes, education, leisure, clothing, and unavoidable emergency needs such as surgeries or vehicle repairs. All these things require money, and we must work and depend on our wages, i.e. paychecks.

Now imagine Jesus by the Sea of Galilee, surrounded by a multitude of 5,000 people who, followed Him around to listen to His teachings and partake of His healing. Though that multitude was being fed spiritually, however, there came a time when they also got physically hungry. You can probably imagine that it’d be very hard to get a caterer to deliver by the Sea of Galilee, especially if you take into consideration that a camel’s back is not even close to being the most suitable vehicle to carry food, because it entails a very slow and bumpy ride.

Jesus asked one of His disciples, Philip, where they would buy food to feed the hungry people. He knew exactly what the answer would be, but He asked anyway, because those people were about to see a miracle. Philip didn’t even hesitate to say that in order to feed those people, it would take more than half a year’s wages. So, incidentally a young boy, probably a street vendor, appeared with a basket holding five small loaves of barley bread and two small fish. Jesus took that food, blessed it, and passed it on to His disciples, who, in turn, passed it on to the people and they all ate to be satisfied. Oh, yes, but not only that!!! They collected 12 baskets full of leftover food after everyone was done eating.

Are you living dependent upon a paycheck? Are you worried about how you will pay your bills each month? Give it up to Jesus. Ask Him to bless the work of your hands. Follow His lead and you will see your prosperity grow and multiply because our God provides.

“Lord, thank You for being our Jehovah Jireh.”

For His Glory

Luska Natali
TRBC Women’s Life

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