“The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.” Joshua 10:8 (NIV)
A good picture of God’s providence in the Bible—out of many!—is when the entire Israelite army, including its best fighting men, marched up from Gilgal to help the Gibeonites fight against the Amorites. God promised Joshua that He had given this army into his hands, and not one of them would be able to withstand him. As the Israelite army attacked, a huge hailstorm came and more men died from the hailstones than from the sword. God fought for them.
If someone takes this from a weatherman’s perspective, they could argue that the storm was coming anyway, and it just so happened that it started hailing while the fight was happening. The interesting thing is that the Miriam-Webster definition of providence is when something occurs by or as if by an intervention. As believers, we can see God’s hand and understand how He intervenes for us and works everything out for His glory and purposes (Rms. 8:28). Praise God that He does that for us!
Unfortunately, I’ve seen many who are on the support-raising journey misunderstand God’s providence, so to speak. If we look at Joshua’s example, he had the calling to go and the promise of God. He obeyed, and most importantly, he took action. I’ve found many who are on the support-raising journey that hear the call, put their faith in the promise of God, and take that step of obedience; yet there is no action whatsoever. They sit and wait and wait and wait for the money to come. Their excuse is that it’s not right to ask for money. They don’t tell anyone God’s story, and they wonder why God doesn’t move.
God has specifically put people on the support-raising journey in order for the entire body of Christ to be a part of missions. We have a story to tell. We need to actively brag about what God is doing here and around the world, to give God the opportunity to show up in big ways. He’s ready to move and is fighting for us. It doesn’t have to be through a huge hailstorm, but it can be through an unexpected gift or even through a personal God-encounter. We have no idea what God has in store for us on this journey, but we do know that He’s in control.
- How have you seen God at work on the support-raising journey so far?
- What actions do you need to obedient to do on this journey?