Reluctant Provisions, Part 1

Do you doubt that God makes provisions? That He provides for us? I want you to think about something: Are you that provision for someone else?

Looking back in the Scriptures, we find God’s provisions time and again. He provided Adam & Eve with coverings once they fell into sin. He provided Noah and his family salvation from the flood. He provided Abraham and Isaac a substitutionary sacrifice. The tabernacle was a provision for Moses and the Children of Israel. The list goes on and on and on. Let’s look to the book of Jonah for some insight into God’s provisions.

Jonah, Chapter 1:1:

“Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”

God spoke specifically to Jonah, calling into his heart, giving him a command to go to Nineveh, to go and speak against the wickedness of their ways so that they may know that destruction was coming to them. What did Jonah do? He ran He made excuses. He got as far as he could away from what would surely be an uncomfortable and socially awkward situation.

How often do we act like Jonah? How often do we run from what God is calling us to do, stirring us up for? How often do we flee in the face of the potentially dangerous and harmful situations of life? How much more often do we keep quiet because of the “socially awkward?”

Getting right to it, my wife tells me that I have no tact. That’s true, I’m afraid. I am oftentimes blunt, a bit too quick to get to the point. It’s my nature, I suppose. I don’t think that I would be out of line to say that God made me that way. In any case, if I offend with anything I say here, I do apologize. I don’t mean to seem insensitive or blunt, but I have no doubt whatsoever that the Lord put this specific message in my heart and built me with little-enough tact that I would not mind saying it.

First, I want to address believers; those of you who have placed your trust in the hands of the Lord. You have been saved! Amen! Glory to God for what He has done and what He continues to do! That said, what are you doing with yourself now that you have been given the gift of eternal life?

Now, I know some of you do much, going to great lengths and great distances to do God’s will. Others of you represent the Lord with countless thankless hours right here at home. Some of you though, I ask, what are you doing for the Lord?

Make no mistake, salvation has been already purchased, the price already paid with perfect blood by a benefactor in a crown of thorns. Nothing is required for it to be yours but your acceptance of Christ as your King. Reaching out to others in love, in the hope that they too may accept that gift is not a requirement for your salvation. You are not going to go to Hell for failing to evangelize the gospel to a lost world. That said, there is  something else to consider…

The message continues next time…

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