Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Faith and Daily Provision

Hudson Taylor was a man who knew much about depending on God for all of his needs. He was intimately familiar with the courts of the Lord, if you will, for he spent much time in prayer. And as one who sought to bring the gospel to the needy people of Inland China, he knew what it meant to receive God's provision for his life and ministry by faith and faith alone. 

So what do you suppose he would say is the key to receiving God's supply for one's life and ministry? 

“Let us see that we keep God before our eyes; that we walk in his ways and seek to glorify him in everything, great and small. Depend upon it, God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supply” (Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, OMF Books, 2010, pages 90-91). 

What I hear him saying is that receiving God's provision for the moment is part and parcel of seeking God in every moment. As we walk with Jesus and learn from him and seek to glorify him in everything, great and small, we learn to depend on him (and wait on him) when the chips are down and the stakes are high. 

We also learn to do God's ministry in God's way. We learn to listen to him and learn from him and die to our ways that we might live to his. And Taylor is right--when God's will is done in God's way it never lacks God's supply. That supply may or may not accord with our expectations but for those who are walking with and serving God, these kinds of details matter little. What is more important to him or her is that God be glorified in all things, no matter what that takes. 

So what is the key to receiving God's supply for one's life and ministry? Answer: walking with God in humble faith, looking to him for all things small and great, and resting in his perfect will, ways, and timing. May the Lord teach us to apply these things to life and so increase our fruitfulness for his glory, the good of others, and the joy of our own souls! 

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