Use What God has Given You First in Order to Uncover What Comes Last

Use What God Has Given You First in Order to Uncover What Comes Last

Sometimes, the Holy Spirit speaks to me while I sleep. As my physical body becomes unconscious, my spirit becomes even more aware, and the answers my heart searches for are quietly revealed by a still small voice. 

 

Recently, this voice spoke the words to me, “Use what I have given you first and I will reveal to you what is last.” I had no clear explanation of the message. So, naturally, I stored it up like treasure in my heart, carefully considering it in my spirit. 

Woman Holds up Two Rocks as if Treasure

Then I recalled all the things I am lacking in my life and ministry and the Holy Spirit reiterated the original message, telling me to focus on what I already have. RIGHT NOW.

Seek God's Direction

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.

Proverbs 4:25 (NIV)

Sometimes, when we find that we are lacking it is because our focus is in the wrong direction. We somewhat obsessively look to the future while the present passes us by, along with opportunities and blessings. 

 

It is a good and holy thing to have hope in the promises of God, for that is the very thing we are told to do in His Word. However, in order to be led to the promised land, we must wholeheartedly trust God’s leading in order to arrive there. 

 

In this way, we trust Yahweh for every provision. It is in the wilderness, the place where we are lacking, in which we are most able to see the miracles of God. 

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you."

Psalms 32:8

Led Astray by Idols

Another thing we must ask ourselves is if we are turning to idols for provision because we are tired of waiting. 

 

Consider the Israelites, as they waited for Moses to receive the commandments from God. They grew tired of waiting and wanted to receive a word from God, so they faltered and built themselves an idol.

Now when the people saw that Moses was delayed in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him!”

Exodus 32:1

If God has made you a promise, it’s important to understand that He will make a way, but it will be His Way and His Timing. Due to our fallen nature, our ways recklessly misalign with the ways of God. 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

Isaiah 55:8-9

If we try to go ahead of God, we will also lack provision because it is God who paves the way for our feet to step. 

 

In a faced paced society where we want everything now, it can be harder than ever to wait on God. Even the Israelites, who were the chosen people of God, accustomed to moving at a slower pace with less technology than we have today, fell victim to the devil’s snare for a “quick fix.” 

 

Yet, there is a notable similarity between the modern day people of God and the Israelites. The Israelites habituated the ways of Egypt and the ways of convenience. They grumbled against the Lord, struggling with their addictions to the free comforts of Egypt.

The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”

Numbers 11:4-6

Food for Thought

Consider how many Americans have fallen in love with free food, money, and other items. Does this bear any resemblance to what happened to the Israelites in Egypt?

Shortcuts Only Waste Time

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

I have fallen victim to many of the devils schemes over my lifetime. But, the most clever of all the devil’s schemes plays on a basic component of all human nature. 

 

Human beings are impatient. Indeed, patience is noted in the bible as a fruit of the Spirit. And, since we know the flesh and spirit war against one another, we can presume that patience is not in our nature. 

If the enemy can get you to take a shortcut, you have fallen off the path of God. Satan will do everything to make you think a little compromise will get you your blessing faster, your bills paid, your sickness healed, or whatever else you need.

 

While God’s provision is healing and life to a person, Satan’s provision is poison and destruction to a person. Similar to the Israelites in the wilderness, who called out for the flesh of quail, when we seek a supply contrary to the Lord’s, we face death and destruction. 

But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague. Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had craved other food.

Numbers 11:33-34 (NIV)

Focus on What's Important

By the blood of Jesus, God has given us manna from heaven through which we are provided for and fed. When we seek after fleshy provision (represented by the quail), we sabotage ourselves and others. 

In order to be effective ministers of Christ, we must work in unity and with one mind, the mind of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

When our focus is not on things of above, but rather, scattered about the false promises and deceptions of this world, so we cannot see God’s provision.

To lack focus is to be easily led astray and to place an idol where God should be and to take in a spirit other than the Holy Spirit. 

 

Brothers and sisters, do not be misled, especially now by the deceptions of the enemy. Trust in God, in His wisdom and His perfect provision. 

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

1 John 5:21 (NIV)

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