Thursday, May 23, 2013

Don't Miss God's Supply

by Donna L. Watkins

Many times God uses natural ways to deliver us from our circumstances or to bring healing to us. If we only look for miracles or instant healing, we may miss the provision of God. I believe that's where I've been for some time.

Even knowing that most healing is "walked out" in faith that God will bring it from the spiritual realm into our physical body, I guess I kept believing if I built my "belief" up enough, that I could get a faster response to total health. Having a long list of symptoms that have been healed is a grand thing that I've not counted lightly, but when you have a bunch of health problems, you want to move on quickly to be able to live life in the abundance that Jesus meant for us to do. "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly" (John 10:10).

As my friend, Mary, said last year, God heals in many different ways. Even Jesus was an example of that in all of the healing He did while He was on this earth. The storms of our life are not all calmed and removed in the same way. God says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways" (Is. 55:8). The more we spend time on figuring out which way it should be happening, the less we rest in Him to bring it to pass by applying our faith to the situation. If we focus on Him and not the storm, we will stay on course.

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We will always have storms in our lives. Sometimes from our disobedience, like Jonah, who didn't go to where God told him to go, but headed out on a ship in the opposite direction. Sometimes it's because of somebody else with authority over us not making the right choices, such as when Paul was prisoner and the centurion didn't take his advice not to launch out on the ship. Paul knew he would make it to Rome because God had told him he would, but he fasted and obviously prayed for all 275 shipmates and God told him there would be no loss of any man’s life among him (Acts 27:22).

Although we know this deliverance was of God, there was no supernatural intervention on His part. The storm was not miraculously calmed, as Jesus had done in Mark 4:39, and the boat was not instantly transported to a safe haven, as had happened with the disciples in John 6:21. God did deliver them, true to His promise but in a natural way. It would have been normal for some of these shipmates to think that their deliverance happened without God’s intervention.

Likewise today, many of us don’t discern that it's God delivering us, because He may accomplish it through natural means. But just as surely as the Scriptures reveal that this natural rescue was God’s doing (Acts 27:44), so many things that just work out naturally in our lives are the working of God.  A refusal to accept nothing but the miraculous intervention of God can cause a person to miss God’s supply.

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