A young student was disturbed because his father could not afford to sponsor his education going forward. While in prayers, the Lord asked him; “Which of your fathers could not sponsor your education?” It was then that it dawned on him that God is his Father and He would take care of him.

Friend, God is the giver of all good things (James 1:17). He only uses human beings to channel His provisions in our direction. Knowing God as your source is the first step to securing divine provisions. This is not only talking about knowing God as the provider but about knowing the God who provides (Genesis 14:22-23, Philippians 4:19).

“And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up…” (1 Kings 17:7). At times, the channels that we are used to might ‘suddenly’ dry up. We need to remember that the channel is not the same as the source. The channels may dry up or change but God is inexhaustible and remains the same (Hebrews 13:8). Our focus must not be on the changing channels but on the constant Source who is God.

Be careful what you put your trust in, God might take it away. God does not want to share His glory with any man or thing (Deuteronomy 8:11-18, Isaiah 42:8). Sometimes, as humans, we love to have something or someone we can always bank on. Some of these are legitimate people, places or things. A wife may depend on the husband, an employee may depend on the monthly salary, a student may depend on the parents or an uncle overseas.

We must learn to enjoy a channel while it lasts without putting our trust or entire weight on it. God is the only One that is worthy of our trust. He is the One that determines what channel(s) He would use per time. While we appreciate the channel, we must not worship it. As we look to the hills for help, we should always remember that our ultimate help comes from the Lord (Psalms 121:1-2).

The difference between begging men for provisions and enjoying divine provisions is simply allowing God to do His work (1 Kings 17:4, 9). There are some people that even if you beg them from now till tomorrow, nothing will drop for you. But when God works on such people, they would be the one ‘begging’ to help you. You cannot beg God and beg man at the same time. May you experience God as your Jireh today in Jesus name (Genesis 22:13-14).

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria