Putting Provision in Perspective

It’s natural to be concerned about our own needs – and it’s not altogether bad, either.  For one thing, it prompts us to go out and work and there’s nothing at all wrong with that.

“The person who labors, labors for himself,
For his hungry mouth drives him on.”
          – Proverbs 16:26 (NKJV)

Our need for provision prompts us to pray.  That’s what “Give us this day our daily bread” is all about.  There we have it, a prayer for provision from the very mouth of Jesus.

Nonetheless, most of us tend to place our need for provision above our need for the Provider – a clear case of improper priorities.  Therefore Christ also encourages us with the following:

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)

Seeking first His kingdom – let that be our aim.  Let His righteousness be our top priority.  Provision has its place in God’s plan, but if we keep it in perspective, it’s the Provider that will always remain in the foreground of our view of life.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

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