The Principles of Divine Provision
Isaiah 28:10 – For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”
Principle is defined as the truth serving as the basis for a system of belief. It is a collection of beliefs governing one’s behaviour. Every system operates on principles and that includes divine provision. Today, I will discuss the principles of God’s divine provision.
1. God is your Source not your job, business or people – Never make people, your job, or business your source because they are limited and are subject to change. Make God your Source and keep all the others (job, business and people) as channels. Years ago, a question came up in my mind, ‘If you lose your job and business, what will happen to you?’ To be honest with you, I first prayed against the thought and declared that it will never happen, but the thought persisted and the Lord asked me again. Then I knew He wanted to teach me something. I then did a self examination and I found that I was afraid and felt it would be very gloomy if that happens. It was as if the bottom fell out.
Before I could vocalise my feeling, the Lord told me that the gloom and doom that I see as result of the possibility of losing my job and business is a picture that I should see only if I lose His presence and support and not a job or business. I realised that I have been making my job and business my source and not God. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you should disregard your job, but never let it become your source. God is your Source. Remember, in Genesis, it was the breath of God that gave man life so, it is also the breath of God that will keep mankind alive in every way.
So, the first principle you must know and keep at the centre of your heart is that God is your Source. Deuteronomy 8:18 – And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers as it is this day.
2. Everything you have belongs to God – Psalm 50:10 -12 : 10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are mine. 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
Haggai 2:8 – ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts.
Any river that forgets its source will dry up. Every resource you have is God’s. This consciousness helps you to be humble and makes it easy for you to worship God with what you have. Anything that is too valuable for you to give to God or use for His glory has taken the place of God in your life. You have misplaced your priority in that case. You did not create yourself, God did. You and all that you have are God’s possession but He wants you to offer yourself and the things you give Him voluntarily and not out of necessity.
3. God first, others second and you are last – Luke 10:27 – So He answered and said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.”
You are first in God’s plan for you so, you can’t afford to make Him last. When you have your priorities right, divine abundance will respond to you promptly. If it’s all about you, then you will close doors that ought to be opened for you. Every sin is rooted in selfishness and self-centredness. Divine wealth would be held off from those who have ulterior motives.
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Personal declaration for the day:
I will apply the principles of divine provision and I will prosper.
Questions for you to reflect on:
What are the principles of divine provision?
Are they ingrained within me?