Have you ever been to a buffet dinner (or lunch) where you end up taking more food than you can consume? Did you sneak the small pieces of butter in your bag? Well – no doubt you paid for the buffet price but have you asked yourself why you’re doing that?
Not that I’ve done that but I’ve been to buffets with people I know. They take big bags to keep the bread or butter inside. I’ve never felt comfortable about it because I find myself asking this question, “Why do you need to sneak in so much extra food? Do you think God cannot provide for you tomorrow?”
What do you think?
Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. (KNV)
I was doing a study on the word “provide”. The Hebrew word is “יִרְאֶה־” – “jireh”. However, the root word is “ra-ah“. From Strong’s concordance, it means “to see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider..”
The 3 main letters is רָאָה.
Rosh – the head, beginning
Aleph – strength, leader, ox
He – the Spirit of the Lord , behold,
Could it be interpreted this way – “when you start everything with God in mind, you will see His provision“.
There’s truth in that saying, “People are like tea bags. They never know their own strength until they get into hot water.” People are like coffee too, I guess. I enjoy a good cup of coffee every morning (and afternoon). I especially like the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
This is not something new. If you spend time in the perfume shop and have constant contact with perfume, you smell like perfume. On the other hand, if you spend more time by the garbage dumpsite, you smell like….well, you know.
I’m still learning, and each day I discover a side of me that still needs to die. The LORD impressed upon my heart that I should start writing my own devotionals. Well, I did write a few pages in the past, but for some reason I could not find it. Somehow the file wasn’t in my computer nor in the external hard disk. Then a little voice asked me if I doubt that He would give me new ideas. There’s also that part of me that asked “Will I get paid for writing devotionals?” Then I sensed God asking me, “What if you don’t get paid,..would you still write if I ask you to write?” Then I had to face it that there’s still the money issue in my heart.
Matthew 6:24 New King James Version (NKJV)
You Cannot Serve God and Riches
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Psalm 145:15-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
16 You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
What an unbelievable few days I’ve had! Although I’ve been receiving the weekly shortages, I had not taken any action one of my parts because there was enough stock. For the past few weeks, I kept updating that there was no shortage but I couldn’t really shake off that feeling that there’s something I fail to see. After a few weeks, the restlessness increase and I couldn’t figure out why.
Just this Monday, I stared at the shortage report and wondered what I missed out because that feeling remained. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my head asking me if I have checked my open orders. I ran the report and had a shock because there was no open orders. Apparently when I was asked to remove my “preferred name” from the system, somehow the report failed to capture the parts in my portfolio because they were tied to my preferred name. So, order was only released this week when I will need the parts in 2 weeks time. I quickly wrote to my supplier to check on stock availability and was relieved that they had some stock. (However, I had to wait one day for them to confirm that the stock was available.)
Guess what though…with their existing stock, I will be able to support production’s needs for approximately 8 weeks. (The leadtime is 7 weeks.) I’m so relieved and yet I shouldn’t be surprised because God hears and He cares. That one day of wait could’ve been such an agony but I felt assured that everything will be all right, and kept getting reminders to fear not.
I suppose God has been trying to get my attention a few weeks ago from the shortage report but somehow, I couldn’t catch it. Just when I thought I’ll be in trouble for such a short lead time order, God helped me again. I would’ve been in big trouble if my supplier has no stock; and would have to explain to the management.
Praise the Lord!