Just before the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami hit land, there were reports that the animals were seen scurrying off for refuge and shelter long before man realized anything was wrong. Indeed, this uncanny ability of animals to anticipate danger is something that man recognizes and has been studying for a long time. But is it not ironic that man, who was created by God our Father for this purpose,

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

Does not have, what science calls, basic animal survival instinct? What happened? How is it that man, with all our advanced faculties, technologies and abilities, cannot read the surroundings even half as well as the animals can?

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29

There was a time when man lived like the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. We lived a nomadic life, hunting and gathering, living off the supply of God. Then one day, man decided to settle down, grow his own crop, so that he need not run out to hunt and gather, so that he could have a more secure, a more reliable supply of sustenance. We called that progress, and we entered civilization. Or so we thought.

Now, this is not speaking against urbanization or modernization. God has blessed man with great intelligence and abilities. Urbanization and the creation of modern comforts are great leaps forward. Certainly it is progress.

But somehow, there is just no getting over the irony that the more urbanized we get, the more technology we invent to try and stabilize the supply of food, the less food we are able to provide for ourselves, the more problems we have, the more disease grows, spreads and mutates. Now, we speak of food shortages, population regression, aging, in many, if not all developed countries; a problem we never had when we were in pre-civilization. We once thought God’s supply to be unstable, but when we tried to improve on it, we made it worse.

Beloved, when we get too caught up in our faculties, abilities, talents, we forget where the true source is. And when troubles come, and they will come, for we have seen that

“sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you,” Genesis 4:7 [AMP]

And Satan is constantly asking excessively that all who believe be given up to him and taken out of the power and keeping of God, that he might sift all of us like grain (Luke 22:31);

We start relying on our own strengths and abilities, forgetting that we should instead go back to the master plan and rely on our Father.

Truly, when we start to rely on our own strengths, we become like the Pharisees whom Jesus was speaking of when He said,

“Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” Matthew 16:1-3

When we get too fixated with the natural, and think that it is by our own efforts that we will be supplied, we become like this,

“Meanwhile, the disciples were finding fault with each other because they had forgotten to bring bread. Jesus overheard and said, “Why are you fussing because you forgot bread? Don’t you see the point of all this? Don’t you get it at all? Remember the five loaves I broke for the five thousand? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”
They said, “Twelve.”
“And the seven loaves for the four thousand—how many bags full of leftovers did you get?”
He said, “Do you still not get it?”” Mark 8:16-21 [MSG]

The disciples really did not get it, did they? Did you? They had just witnessed, not once, but twice, Jesus supplying the needs of the people, and each time, He supplied to the point that it was flowing over, exceeding the demand. And still, the disciples were caught up in themselves, thinking that it was their duty, it was their effort that would supply the bread for the day.

And this was not the first time that our Father has literally supplied food. When Israel was in the desert, our Father supplied, and this was how much He supplied.

“…he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.” Exodus 16:18

So if our Father and Jesus supplied for them, how shall They not also supply for you? For it is written,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

Beloved, we need to remember that when our Father made the world, He declared all things good, for it is written,

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” Genesis 1:31

And even though Adam fell,

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” Romans 5:12

We have hope in Jesus,

“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:17-19

So now, the ground is no longer cursed, and this no longer applies,

“In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread.” Genesis 3:19

For Jesus has said,

“I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

So therefore all we need to do now is,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

Beloved, learn from the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, for they neither toil nor spin nor sow nor reap but our Father feeds them and clothes them. Reconnect with your original instinct. For as wondrous as your abilities may be, for as talented as you no doubt are, nothing can compare to the abilities and riches of our Father. So return to the master plan and let Him provide for you because that is what your close relationship with Him gives you the right to possess and claim.

And if you have yet to come into this close relationship with our Father and would like to right now, then say this prayer with me.

“Heavenly Father, thank You for purposing, right from the beginning, that I was to be supplied for, provided for, cared for and loved by You. Thank You that it was Your master plan to love me and call me when I am ready. Father today I hear Your call and I am ready. I receive Your love for me. I receive the full remission of sins that Your Son, Jesus’ blood was shed to give. I know that I have died to sin with Jesus on the cross, so that now I am alive in Him through His resurrection, to a life that is abundant, overflowing with the riches which You have purposed for me. I return to the original master plan and rely on Your provision, knowing that you will always provide, just as You have, because you are the same yesterday, today and forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved child of God, the Psalmist reminds us,

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:2-5

Let us return to His original master plan and enjoy all His benefits.

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