“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2nd Thess. 3:10)
I saw a group of people in a short newsclip the other day who were voicing their complaints about all the immigrants flooding into the nation they live in, and the preferential treatment they were receiving. The statement one of them made that struck me was, “We should be taken care of first.”
Some people see contradictions in the Scriptures, some place them in higher order than others as to the relevance towards our submission to the Word of God. I ask you a question today regarding the two opening verses in this poorly written letter to you, will the Almighty supply all your needs if you do not work?
“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matt. 6:26)
“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25)
Has a child of God ever died from starvation?
We have been told to be content with what we have, that with food and raiment we are to be satisfied, but if you do not get up and go to work, will the Lord hold back those two basic necessities from one who has been saved by grace through faith?
There are millions of homeless people today, some by their own design and fault, others by what could be best called circumstances or even disasters that struck them, it would be foolish to believe that not one of them is a servant of the Most High God. We must consider that word “content” for a moment, does it infer that in that state, that one that holds only food and clothing, that we are not to attempt to better our situation in this life? Are we to be satisfied with little here, knowing that we are heirs to the Kingdom of heaven, or are we to put forth personal effort towards perhaps not the finer things of the world, but towards a place to live and more than one change of clothes?
Will God provide if we do not work?
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1st Tim. 5:8)
Both for the daily needs of the flesh and the Spiritual needs of the soul, that is the purpose of a man who has a family.
These letters are as much for me as they are for you, I pray before each of them that the Living God would be glorified, that He would reveal the truths of His Word, that by wisdom and knowledge that can only come from Him we would become profitable servants, fit for the title of ambassadors of the Kingdom of heaven.
But I do not always have an answer for you.
If you cannot physically work, you can pray, if you are providing food, clothing and a place to live for your family, but you are not the Spiritual head of that family, opening up the Scriptures in truth to those you say you love and care for, or if you are providing that Spiritual meat but not bringing in any income, are you an infidel?
Will God provide all your needs if you do not do both? Can a man become rich in the Lord if he does not study to show himself approved?
We walk humbly with the Lord our God, expecting Him to provide all our daily needs, what does He expect from you, and if you do not fulfill those expectations, will He hold back His promises until you willingly submit?
There are no enabled believers in the Lord, there are workers, there are servants, and those servants do all they do for His glory.