A Father’s Provision

I have been receiving a great deal of email and prayer requests from this blog lately.  It seems to me that many of God’s people are under attack in many ways more than they have been in past years.

Given what I have seen and the prayers, Marsha and I have been raising up for many of my readers, I thought it might be helpfull to revisit a post from last year.  Entitled simply “Provision”, it seems this post is relevant to where many are today.

Please keep in mind that God is the provision for all of our needs:

Provision

As I was reading the Lords Prayer, in Matthew 6:9-13, I was struck by verse 11.  In this verse it says “Give us this day our daily bread”.  I began to think about my greatest fears as a father.  High on the list is that, as a father, I would lack in the area of provision for my family.  I can’t think of anything that is more degrading than for it to be said “he was not a good provider”. 

The world today, is full of judgments.  We see it in our work environment, in our childrens sports events, in our church services, everywhere we turn.   We have become a society of judges.  Gary Carpenter, in his lesson “Distinguishing Provision From Stewardship” relates the following: “The Holy Spirit reminded me of my paternal grandfather’s farm and how each of the sons and daughters had work to do every day as “their assignment,” their “contribution” toward the common goal of “reaping a harvest.” All of the children knew that the harvest belonged to grandfather. None of them had the mindset that the harvest, even a portion of it, belonged to them personally.

However, they also knew that when the dinner bell rang every night, they each got to sit and dine from grandfather’s table not because they had “served him well that day,” but rather because they were grandfather’s children. Grandfather expected them to eat from his table until they were full. Their provision was not proportioned to them based on their “performance” that day on the farm.  No, they were expected to take all they wanted from his table simply because they were his children.”

Who among us would hold back, from our children, any part of what we need to survive because they didn’t work as hard or as long as we thought they should? 

Provision in this form is a military term which has to do with a supply of food or other necessary items.  These items are stored up and used as necessary to maintain the ability of the troops to do battle.  When the provisions get a little low, supplies must be brought in so the troops will not fail for lack of provision.

 This is the part where fathers begin to break into a cold sweat.  We think that if our supply lines are ever cut, we will be marked for all eternity as a poor provider.  What we fail to realize is that it isn’t about creating something to replenish the provisions, it is about knowing where to go to assure there is a steady and sure supply line to our provision.

We try to make it about us.  We make it personal.  We fear we will be labeled a failure.  In reality it is about how we assess our situation and communicate it to the person who can deliver it to our storehouse. 

Fatherhood is an art.  It takes practice and sometimes failure to be be great.  The art is in knowing that provision is always there. The application comes in trusting God for all our provision.

 En servicio como padre

Dave

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4 Responses to “A Father’s Provision”


  1. 1 Cheryl March 18, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Hi,I came across your blog while surfing,and was happy to get a chance to visit.You commented on a post on my blog a few mos. ago. I loved this post,and must say I would include myself among those requesting prayer.Also I would add trials and testings,of this season are not a punishment or judgement.Some one called me last night,telling me how they had been given a car,a house and another piece of property,and almost suggesting,’You must be missing it some where’.It was at the least, unhelpful.

    Thanks again,Cheryl

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    • 2 David March 19, 2009 at 11:22 AM

      Thank you for your comment and already have remembered you in prayer. Sometimes we get so sure of our position that we forget that God works with each of us in vastly different ways. I think that is where the Pharisees went astray. We as Christians must remember that we don’t see the whole picture and we must guard against judgment as that is the first, and deepest, step back into religion. Keep your eyes on Him and you will not have to worry about the statements of others.

      Blessings
      Dave

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  2. 3 ransom33 March 25, 2009 at 2:23 AM

    Hi David

    This is very timely encouragement and I thank you for it. There is so much wisdom in what you are saying. May God bless you abundantly in every area of your life and those you love.

    ransom33 @ http://www.ransom33.wordpress.com

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    • 4 David March 25, 2009 at 7:29 AM

      Thank you for your comment. I also thank you for your blessing, it is received and planted in my heart. I continue to lift you and your family up to the feet of Him who is the Ruler of the Angel Army. He is sure and true and for each of us has thoughts “of a future and a hope”.

      Dave

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