Once there were two men. One was an undertaker whose business was going under, pun not intended; and the other had a father who was in a critical condition, in fact ‘terminal’ was the word the doctors used. Both of them went to God with their desperate pleas. The undertaker asked for just one more sale, so that he could make the rent for the month, and his business could live to fight another day. The other man asked for his father to be healed. Which should God help?

Now, of course, we know that the supply for both men could come at the same time, simultaneously even, because the blessings need not be mutually exclusive. We know this because we have the knowledge and confidence that God our Father is not limited by time or space or circumstance. But don’t we feel like that sometimes? There’s only one position up for grabs and two candidates. One scholarship left, and two applicants. One kidney left, and two on the waiting list. Well, beloved, Jesus wants you to know that when we think man cannot, He can.

““For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For 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

Remember the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son?

“Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!”
His father said, “Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours” Luke 15:29-31 [MSG]

Sure, there was a lot of jealousy in his tone. But the jealousy was because he thought that his father’s supply was finite. And since his father’s supply was finite, the supply that went to his younger brother would deprive him of his supply. This is a bit like the situation at the pool by the Sheep Gate.

“Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.” John 5:2-4

Healing only came to the first person who stepped in. One healing, one time, each day, but a multitude who came to be healed. What would Jesus do? Well here’s what He did.

“Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.” John 5:5-9

Beloved, Jesus makes it clear to us that He is not limited by time, space or circumstance. So when we ask of Him, our blessings are not limited by time, space or circumstance. What He has done for others, He can do for you.

Let’s face it, He is God. If we were to number His riches, it would be an exercise in futility. But our Father, in His infinite wisdom, knowing that we need knowledge to base our faith on, described for us His riches, in terms we understand.

“I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.” Psalm 50:9-12

Every beast on this planet is His. So if we translate to modern terms, every cash cow is His. The world is His, and all its fullness. This is not to mention the other stars and galaxies that exist in the known and unknown universe. So with such backing, no wonder the apostle Paul can say with confidence,

“my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:19

because His riches knows no bounds.

And when we lose things, remember that our Father is not a meanie. Neither is His name ‘Robin Hood’, because there is no need for Him to take from you to bless another; for He has said that He will not take a bull from your house nor goats out of your folds. So when the Bull Run ends for you, it is not God’s fault.

Many people say, ‘the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away’, making our Father seem fickle, childish, and therefore making us lose confidence in Him. But understand the context to this.

“And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”” Job 1:21

When Job said this, it was because He had lost everything; but not because God took it away from Him, no. It was because He was sifted by Satan. And why did God allow it? Here is why.

“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.” Job 1:8-12

First notice who did the smiting? God? No, Satan. Then notice why?

Satan was complaining that it was not fair for God to call Job faithful because Job had been protected by God all this while. So what does that tell us? Our Father has also made a hedge around us, around our household, around all that we have on every side. A hedge on every side, beloved; complete protection around all that we have and hold dear. And if that is not enough, our Father has also blessed the work of our hands and increased our possessions. He has done all this without us needing to earn it and yet He calls us blameless and upright. So much does our Father truly love us.

So when bad things happen, it is not because God is punishing us; it is because God is giving us a chance to show off our faith. Not our abilities or strength, but our faith; for it is written,

“So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7 [AMPC]

Indeed, difficult times test your faith, but not because God needs to see it, but so that you can get to show it off! For it is said that when you show off your faith, it redounds, contributes greatly, to YOUR praise and glory and honor.

“Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” 1 Peter 1:7 [MSG]

And the best thing is, all we need to do is show off our faith, because our Father does the rest of the overcoming and solving for us. What comfort we have in Jesus!

Beloved, if you are believing God for provision and supply that seems impossible, if you feel that you have lost things of great value and you do not understand why that is happening, if you are faced with a situation that you see no way out of; know that that is when Jesus loves to come in. He loves to show off in places where we know only He can because no one else can. And He does so not to show off His abilities. He has a much stronger self-opinion than to need to do that. No, He does it so that you can show off your faith.

So whatever you are faced with today, heed His call, for He says,

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—
The sure mercies of David.” Isaiah 55:1-3

The supply of our Father is infinite and free for all those who would believe. Come and take your fill. Not just your portion, your fill. Don’t spend your time, effort and resources relying on things that will never help. Come and enter into His everlasting covenant with you, one that promises peace, provision, protection and everlasting life.

And if by chance you have just believed and would like to enter into your everlasting covenant with Jesus, then say this prayer with me.

“Heavenly Father, thank You for reaching out to me today. Thank You for touching my heart. Thank You that in Your infinite wisdom and foreknowledge of today, You sent Your Son Jesus to die on the cross for me. That by His death, I may die to my old life of sin, and by His resurrection, I may rise to life in Him. Thank You Jesus that by Your shed blood, I also now receive full and complete remission of all my sins and I am right with our Father, now and always. I come into Your presence now to partake of all that You are freely giving. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Now watch and realize that nobody does it better than Jesus.

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