God's miraculous provision
God's miraculous provisionJesus taught his disciples about God’s miraculous provision when he sent his disciples out on a ministry tour with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. See Mark 6:8-9 and Luke 22:35. God provided for all their needs on their journey.
Nothing has changed, when people trust in God for his miraculous provision, he provides exactly the right amount at the right time. He is not always early but he is never late. In fact it is God’s last minute timing that actually stamps his provision as miraculous. When a need is provided for with exactly the right amount at exactly the right time then the chances of it being a coincidence become extremely small.
I’ve heard of countless examples where God has provided exactly the right amount of money by the day it was needed, sometimes this would happen during the exact hour that it was needed. I’ve heard of Christians who have gone to the airport (with nothing but a promise from God that he would provide for them if they trusted him) and were given the exact amount of money that they needed for their ticket by a complete stranger.
In chapter 55 of the book “Miracles Still Happen” by Sheri Stone and Therese Marszalek, Gena Bradford tells how she needed exactly $107 U.S. so she could fly home to be with her seriously ill father. That day she received a cheque in the mail for exactly $107 with a note that said, “I had the feeling you needed this amount of money.” She also tells how God answered her prayer by healing her father and how Jesus appeared to her father the night that she was praying for him.
The life of George Muller is not a very good subject for this article; the problem is where to start and how to make it brief enough for a web page. The best thing I can say is that from the time he became a Christian, his life was a testimony to the provision of God. He ran a number of orphanages in England on nothing but God’s miraculous provision. George Muller never told people any specific details about what he needed, how much was needed or when it was needed by but God would invariably supply everything that was required; sometimes leaving it to the exact time it was needed.
In the biography “George Müller ” by Roger Steer, Steer tells how over 70 years, Müller’s orphanages cared for 9,500 orphans. Towards the end of his life Müller was able to say “Hundreds of times we have started the day without a penny in hand, but our Heavenly Father has sent supplies by the moment they were actually required. There never was a time when there was no wholesome meal.” Steer points out (since so many people were observing Müller’s work) “Had Müller’s principles failed, the truth could scarcely have been shielded from Bristol’s watchful eyes. The West Country has never lacked its sceptics nor the nineteenth century its cynics. The news of under-fed, ill clothed or cruelly treated children would have quickly travelled from Ashley Down to the heart of Bristol and beyond.” Steer quotes the Bristol Times as saying “It may be taken as substantiated that nearly all which has been said about Mr Müller is absolutely true.”
In the book ‘Beyond the Cross and the Switchblade’, there is an entire chapter (chapter 5) about numerous occasions where God provided exactly what was needed to a Christian centre for drug addicts called Teen Challenge. One specific incident that stands out for it’s low chance of being a coincidence was when David Wilkerson and the others at the centre prayed specifically for $15,000.00 for a new heating system. First they received a cheque for $100. Then they received another cheque for exactly $14,900.00. When they asked the donor why he chose $14,900.00 as the amount for the cheque he said he was going to write the cheque for $14,000.00 but as he was writing the cheque, the figure of $14,900.00 kept coming into his mind.
You can go into a Christian bookstore and pick up just about any book about the life of someone like Hudson Taylor the famous missionary to China and read of similar examples occurring time after time just for one person.
If there were just one or two isolated incidents then you could explain this by chance, but when you have been a Christian for over twenty years and have read about similar miracles in many books, heard them in many sermons and from many people giving a ‘praise report’, not just people in books but people you know personally - often the exact amount at exactly the right time from an unexpected source - you start to get the idea that chance has got nothing to do with it!
I have heard of some people who quoted Psalms 50:10 in prayer saying ‘God you own the cattle on a thousand hills, please sell some to provide for our need.’ God answered that prayer literally! A farmer gave them the money that they needed and explained that he felt God had asked him to sell some of his cows and give them the money.
I could list many other examples but the ones I have listed should give an idea of how miraculous God’s provision can be.
The fact is that God provides for us whether we realise it or not. Every good thing we have is a gift from God. God loves you and he cares about your needs. If you want to learn how to pray in a way that God will answer then I encourage you to do these things, become a Christian, find a church and do the Alpha Course.
UpdateWithin a month of writing this article I read the book ‘Death of a Guru’ by Rabindranath R. Maharaj. On page 153 he describes how he felt that God was leading him to London but that he did not have the fair. He felt that he was to travel on a ship that was leaving Trinidad (where he lived) on the fourteenth of February 1967.
So he went to get his passport but he was told that he would need to take at least 1500 dollars with him before they would issue him with a visa. He went home to discover that three sperate donors had given him exactly 1500 dollars even though he hadn’t told them how much he needed. Someone else loaned him the price of his fair. He went back to the British High Commission the next day to get his visa but he was told that he could not be given the visa but instead of accepting the passport that was being passed back to him, he prayed silently. While he prayed the man picked up his passport and stamped it with the visa he needed.
That all happened within two days of the day he was due to leave on.
He also relates about his background in eastern religion, how he found Jesus and other times that God took care of him in amazing ways. I enjoyed reading the book and recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading about how someone with an eastern background found Jesus.