Has God called you to a destination, but you have reached an impasse? God’s calling is followed by His provisioning.
“So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.'”
( Genesis 22:14 )
When God calls us as Christians to a task or to a destination, He will always provide that which we will need to fulfill His call. Our part is to walk in obedience, to live in prayer mode, and to perpetually believe in His willingness and in His plan to provide what is necessary for the mission.
Most of the time when God calls us our journey will require miracles of one kind or another, miracles done by Him in sync with our steps. If we stop walking in the right direction, His miracles may cease until we get back on the right track.
Sometimes His miracles are not in the form that we think they should be. We might think we need money for the next step, but He may provide a different resource. We might think that He will open big doors to big places, but instead He may lead us into a desert. We might think we need gift certificates to a grocery store, but He may instead command Ravens to bring us scraps of food.
“’Elijah, you will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.’ So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there.
The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.”
( 1 Kings 17:4-6 )
Certainly there are times in our lives when God will provide in abundance, and we certainly enjoy those times and we thank Him with great appreciation and sincerity. However, as servants of the King of all Kings, our willingness to go with the flow of His provision is of utmost importance. Our time of service is not about our comfort, it is about our being trained and developed for service to the King in any environment with any resources He provides.
Good servants, good soldiers, good athletes, good princes and princesses of the King are not discouraged or offended by their training and their assignments that take them through mud and sewers, in extreme heat and cold, while being sick and experiencing loss. God is not treating us like dirt, He is helping us to overcome our weaknesses and shortcomings, and building within us great self discipline and a willingness for personal sacrifice of comfort and security.
God will provide, but His specific provisioning serves many more Divine purposes than just building a bridge for us to get from Point A to Point B. He is training us, building us, and using us all at the same time. And He gets the maximum glory out of all of it!