Christian Faith: God Is Our Provider
Philippians 4:6 tell us, “And my God will meet all my needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
As discussed in one of my previous blog articles, Christianity is not a religion but a relationship and one of the reasons is about how God is not only our creator but also our heavenly Father. And just like how biological fathers work to fulfill the needs of their children, similarly, our heavenly Father looks after us and provides for all our needs.
But, rather than our physical needs (like food, shelter and clothing), we will take a look at some more abstract things that God provides for us.
1. The Ultimate Sacrifice
The story where God puts Abraham to the test and asks him to sacrifice his son is found both in Christianity and Islam (even though Muslims believe Abraham was going to sacrifice Ishmael while Christians believe it was Isaac).
To understand my point of view, read Genesis 22:8, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” For one moment, forget about the test of Abraham and look at it from a symbolic point of view. God said He will provide the lamb and don’t we all know that Jesus is the Lamb of God.
If it didn’t make sense to you, no worries, I will explain.
When Adam and Eve sinned, that curse (that is, the curse of sin and death) was not limited to them only but instead was imprinted on the whole of humanity (generations and generations were going to suffer). And, as claimed in Romans 3:10, 23, “Not one was righteous and all was bound by sin.”
Let’s go back to the Ancient Testament. When people used to sin or wanted to give thanks to the Lord, they used to offer burnt sacrifices. So, if you think about it, if we sinned, who was supposed to offer the sacrifice to break that curse? Us, isn’t it?
But, even though our sin was great, God’s love for us was greater and which is why He sent his son to die for our sins. Jesus suffered for us and he became that sacrifice that freed humankind.
And, so as per Genesis 22:14, “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.”
2. The Way
Whether you are a Christian or not, I am sure you must have heard of this verse that says, “Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.”
By now, you must have guessed that I am referring to how God can create ways for us. And, what if I tell you that even when there seems to be no way at all (when everyone says it’s impossible), God can still make a way (after all, He is the creator and nothing is impossible for Him).
- God can defy the rules of nature to provide a way for you:
You don’t need to be a follower of faith to know the parting of the red sea. What God did back then was simply to open a way for Moses and His nation.
But, what many don’t know (even Christians) is that there was a similar miracle where God opened the Jordan River so as His people could continue their way.
My favorite example is when God stopped the sun (the same sun that He created) so as Joshua could fight his enemies and win the battle.
- God can even defy kings, rulers and lawmen:
Joseph, Daniel and many others are great examples of how no one, absolutely no one, can stand against God when He wants to bestow his grace upon His children.
Despite our endless mistakes, God will never turn His back on us. His love for us is unconditional, endless and everlasting. To know more about how God can provide for you, stay connected to our blog!