For years I sat in a meeting with a group of people trying to figure out how to make God’s Name known from the neighborhoods to the nations. Whenever we would run up against some obstacle one guy would always remind us of what the Psalmist boldly announced: Our king is not lacking.
Psalm 50:10 says, “For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills”. Later, the Apostle Paul speaking with certainty to the Philippian church declares, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
We are praying big things. Will you join us?
We are praying 1) for God to SUPPLY property, 2) for God to USE SOMEONE(S) to provide space, and 3) for God to wonderously SHOW His steadfast love in meeting all of these needs.
God led us to this place and purpose.
The Holy Spirit will move in the hearts of people to come alongside in prayer, in service, and in funding.
All of this is for the purpose of making Jesus’ truth and love reign in hearts.
God will supply both the micro and the macro.
Something about forests and trees seems appropriate at this point.
The Jesus COMFORT/CONFRONT Combo
Jesus lovingly comforts /confronts His followers with this truth, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8). All of us have to work to remember and believe.
Then, Jesus pushes them further, “If you then, who are 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 7:11).
God know our needs, and He desires to give good gifts to his children. Not because we are deserving, but rather, because He is great.
From the text we see, God does not wish for his laborers to be anxious, worrying that they will not have the means needed to carry out the task. His desire is that his children would see him ready to satisfy their every need. He is willing and able to provide.
However, God desires much more than providing “daily bread” for us. Jesus promises (John 6) to be bread for His followers. In feeding the thousands, Jesus put His power over the material world on display. He showed the crowds in an unforgettable way He was the source of all their physical needs. And even more than satisfying their hungry bellies with food, He would promise to satisfy their hungry hearts with himself.
When God becomes our greatest treasure, all our deepest needs for security and comfort are met. It is easy to believe being fully funded will fully satisfy. Hitting some financial number is a regular distraction. The truth is we are promised something far beyond full financial support.
We are not hungry. We are not in want. We are going to survive. Yet we have not raised nearly enough support and if God is putting something on your heart we would love to meet with in the days ahead.
We are so thankful and grateful for all who are praying and for those who have given BUT…
Our prayer is for God to bless an entire community through this work. We are asking for God to reach far more than a family, but a city, for God to use someone to provide land and space, and for God to wonderously show His steadfast love in supplying all of these needs. We are asking for God to multiply believing communities throughout this area to live as light in their neighborhoods.
May God raise the funds for one of those afforementioned fields where there may, even right now, be actual cows.