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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shortcuts Only Waste Time
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.
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.