Two Secrets About God’s Provision

by | Oct 17, 2022 | CPN Articles

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I was always a good student.  But as a teenager I did not have much interest in or the money to go to college.  My parents encouraged me to go, so in obedience to them, I started the process. 
I applied for scholarships to a few schools, but things were not looking good.  Then my high 
school nominated me for recognition as a top student to the local paper.  A private college in 
the city offered the top nominees a full scholarship!  I hadn’t even applied to that school 
because it was too expensive!  But God provided a way for me to be where He wanted me to be 
– before I even knew I would be there. 
 
Mary was just a teenager when she became the mother of Jesus. After giving birth in a stable in 
Bethlehem, Joseph found a house where they could live.  We don’t know exactly how long they 
were there, but it could have been up to two years.  That is where the Magi found them.  God 
had led them from a great distance to see the King of Kings.  And they brought gifts – valuable 
gifts!  
 
Many believe the gifts foretold the ministry and sacrifice of Jesus.  But they also played a 
practical role in the lives of Joseph, Mary and Jesus.  For as soon as the Magi left, an angel told 
Joseph to take his family and flee to Egypt!  They needed resources for that hasty journey and to 
support them in a foreign land.  God had provided through the Magi before Joseph and Mary 
even knew they would need it! 
 
So, here is secret number oneGod knows our needs long before we do. Romans 8:32 is a great 
encouragement, it says, “since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, 
won’t he also give us everything else?”  If we will be diligent to walk with Him, we will always 
have what we need.  There is a saying that goes, “where God guides, He always provides.” And it 
is true. 
 
There are times when provision comes miraculously, like the manna that God gave the Israelites 
in the wilderness.  But, here is secret number twoHe often provides through His people. He
wants to use us to provide for others, like He used the Magi. Jesus, Himself, said “it is more 
blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).   
 
One day as I was preparing to speak to a group, the Lord told me to get a significant sum of 
money out of my bank account to give to someone at the meeting.  He would show me who 
during the service. I was surprised. I had more than that amount in my account, but I was trying 
to save for a car and taking that money out would delay my purchase significantly.  I knew 
though, it was the Lord. So, I went and got the money.  The closer it came to the service, the 
more excited I became.  God had spoken to me; and He was going to provide for someone else’s 
need through me!  And He did!  It was exhilarating to hand that money to someone who 
needed it, because I knew God has always provided and will continue to provide for me too. 
 
Scripture promises that God will supply all our needs according to His riches – which we know 
are limitless.  It also tells us to share with other believers who are in need (Heb. 13:16)In fact, 
caring for the poor was codified in the law that God gave the Israelites (Lev. 23:22, 25:35-43) 
and was something Jesus’ referred to as given in His teachings (Matt. 6:2-4).  And Paul 
encourages us to “give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under 
compulsion, for God love a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7). 
 
So, if you have a need right now, rejoice that He will provide!  So do not be anxious, rather, “by 
prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Phil. 4: 6).   
 
If you don’t have a need, ask the Lord if there is someone He wants to provide for through you.  
And do so cheerfully, knowing God is using you to answer prayer and it brings joy to His heart!  
 
Dr. Jodie Chiricosta is vice president of Somebody Cares America/International. She teaches and 
consults on a variety of Christian living and leadership topics and is a host of the podcast 
Her God Story on the Charisma Podcast Network. 

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