Lessons on how Jesus got Financial Provision
24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.” And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?” 26 Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”
Today, I will be examining one of the ways that Jesus got financial provision. God is a God of provision but to get God’s provision to us takes a process: it is not automatic. In the above Scripture, Jesus needed money to pay His and Peter’s temple tax, the first thing I observed is that, our Lord Jesus, kept His obligation beyond the call of duty. Jesus Christ paid taxes though He was Lord of all. This is an indication that we should pay our dues. When we owe, we give ground to offend the person we owe. Secondly, before Peter could vocalise the issue of the need to get the money to pay their taxes, Jesus knew and showed Him the way out. Friend, God knows your needs both the immediate and future, and He has plans and strategies for you on how to get the provision. But He needs you to be willing to look to Him to take instructions and obey no matter how stupid it may seem. We need to build intimacy with God in order to trust His instructions at all times. But building intimacy takes time and effort.
Peter looked up to Jesus as his Source of solution. He knew the problem and he knew his Source. Do you know your problem and do you know your solution source? God is our Source: other people and things are our channels. God knows our problems but we need to acknowledge Him as our Source. Never let the problems dominate your attention. Instead, you should let the magnitude of God’s goodness, love and ability dominate your attention. I do this by meditating on the nature and promises of God in His word. This process of fellowshipping develops intimacy. So, Peter looked up to Jesus and Jesus in turn gave Peter direction. Please, note that God does not rain money down from heaven but He gives power to get money through instructions, ideas, special abilities, gifting or placing people in your life. In this case, Jesus instructed Peter to put his fishing skills to work. He told him where to go and fish, which fish to pay attention to and what to do with the fish. This is very important.
The lessons here are: God knows your need, He has ideas and instructions for you on how to meet your need, He will position people in your life with necessary gifting to help you , He will require you to use the skills you have, He will show you how and where to apply them. If you follow through with the instructions, you will enjoy divine provision. You may say, ‘But I find it difficult to hear the voice of God or get detailed instructions from Him like Peter did.’ Getting detailed instructions derives from intimate fellowship and relationship with Jesus. Intimacy is built over time and where there is intimacy, there is trust. Nobody would have known that a fish could carry money. It is intimacy that gives you the privilege to divine secrets. Peter trusted Jesus enough to take an illogical step of going to get money from the mouth of the fish. God does not give wealth; He gives the power to get wealth. God empowers us through the instructions and directions He gives. Jesus said ‘My Father is always with me because I do always the things that please Him.’ If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the best of the land. Are you ready to take instructions on wealth transfer?
For further study:
Matthew 6:33 – But seek ( aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. (Amplified version)
Personal declaration for the day:
I will look onto Jesus for instructions, I will follow the instructions that I receive and I will overcome my problems. Amen
Questions for you to reflect on:
Do you have a relationship with God?
How intimate are you with Him?
What was the last instruction He gave you and did you obey?