Two Secrets About God’s Provision

by | Oct 17, 2022 | CPN Articles

Read time: 3 minutes 41 seconds
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. 

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Have We Departed From the  Simplicity of Christ?

Have We Departed From the Simplicity of Christ?

Recently I heard a pastor say the following: "When I was pastoring and saw little fruit, I began to call those with potential to reach others for Christ to our home and to mentor them one on one. That's where massive growth happened in the people." Local pastors and...

Take the Fight to the Enemy, Before He Strikes at You

Take the Fight to the Enemy, Before He Strikes at You

Read Time: 3 Minutes 7 Seconds “When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek out David; and when David heard of it, he went down to the stronghold,” (2 Sam. 5:17). When David heard that he was under...

Joyce Meyer: Becoming a Prisoner of Hope

Joyce Meyer: Becoming a Prisoner of Hope

Read Time: 3 Minutes 56 Seconds God is good. And He has a good plan for each of our lives. No matter what may be going on right now, God’s plan is unfolding. In the meantime, Romans 12:12 tells us to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer,”...

Victimized By Gaslighting? 5 Steps to Finding Freedom

Victimized By Gaslighting? 5 Steps to Finding Freedom

Read Time: 2 minutes 26 seconds The term "gaslighting" has gone viral across social media this year and Merriam-Webster chose it as their word-of-the-year, saying searches for the word spiked 1,740% in 2022 alone. We're breaking down what the Bible has to say about...

RECENT ARTICLES

WATCH: Vlad Savchuck: Life, Health and the Bible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZdzLoS3wCM During a recent visit to @HungryGeneration, Pastor Vlad Savchuk asked Bill Wiese to comment on his personal experience applying the Word of God to his own...
Miraculous Divine Intervention Birthed by Thanksgiving and Praise

Miraculous Divine Intervention Birthed by Thanksgiving and Praise

Read Time: 4 Minutes 2 Seconds When I first became a believer in 1970, my mother was one of my first “converts," giving her heart to Jesus as soon as I shared with her the beauty, the power and the opportunity of making Jesus the Lord of her life. However, my father...

I’m Going Defcon G on the Enemy

I’m Going Defcon G on the Enemy

Read Time: 1 Minute 32 Seconds The last six years have been the best of times and the worst of times. I’ve seen more death, destruction, disease and devastation than I care to remember. I’ve also seen the hand of God move in extraordinary ways. Indeed, sometimes I...

Prophetic Vision: ‘Now is the Time of Your Healing’

Prophetic Vision: ‘Now is the Time of Your Healing’

Read Time: 3 Minutes 41 Seconds I was remembering a time when my husband and I were praying over friends who had been in a situation for many years that had caused deep trauma to their souls. As we were praying for them, I became aware of an angel standing over them...

5 Ways to Improve Your Emotional and Spiritual Health

5 Ways to Improve Your Emotional and Spiritual Health

Read Time: 4 Minutes 50 Seconds Do you believe the Lord is concerned about your emotional and spiritual health? He is. He wants you to know how to improve your emotional and spiritual health to be resilient in turbulent times. One of the most powerful things you can...

stock.adobe.com

Pin It on Pinterest