Provision in advance

Have you ever had a huge need with a deadline attached to it? Maybe it was a bill that you received and you wondered, “how will I pay for this?” I know what those moments are like, when all you can do is pray and hope that God comes through with a miracle. What a great comfort when we see God come thorough and move powerfully to make a way. We wipe our brow with relief, “phew, He came through.”

Watching God provide is inspiring.  I love to look back and see the goodness of God and his incredible provision. Recently I watched God provide in advance in my life, while I was totally unaware of what I would need. Not only did He meet my daily needs, but also provided for the preservation of my life.

Last year I went on a 10 day trip to the US with 11 Australian youth pastors to met youth pastors from the US. One night we met a few pastors for dinner at a Thai restaurant in LA. After my meal I noticed that I was significantly wheezy and short of breath. I realised I was suffering asthma, but the attack came on unusually quick and my breathing was quite restricted. I took a few puffs on a Ventolin inhaler, hoping that it would settle. Within two minutes it was getting harder to breath, I looked at the trip organiser and said, “we’d better go to a hospital.”

Upon reaching the hospital I was breathless and concerned. My chest getting tighter and the doctors were perplexed.  They looked at me and said, “we don’t think that you’re having an asthma attack, we think you’re suffering from anaphylaxis.” They quickly administered adrenaline and within moments I felt so much better. Within a couple of hours and instructions about what not to eat in the US, I left the hospital, equipped with drugs and a prescription for 2 EpiPens.

We stopped off at the pharmacy on the way back to our accommodation and I handed over the prescription. After 5 minutes the assistant called me to the bench and said, “you have a prescription here for 2 EpiPens, however we don’t have any 2 packs left, and normally we would give you a one pack to make up the two pack but we have run out. Are you happy to take the 3 pack? It will cost you extra. Or you can go find another chemist.” I just said, “that’s fine.”

It was only 10 days later that I would have another reaction, at a greater intensity.  I would require 3 EpiPens just to survive until the paramedics arrived to administer a fourth hit of adrenaline, which saved my life. Some would consider this to be a coincidence, however I saw this as the provision of God for the preservation for my life.

After this experience I came to realise that if God can provide for the preservation for my life in advance, then He can easily provide for my daily needs and requests. See often it’s only once we receive the bill that we initially freak out, but the truth is that God saw that bill coming before it arrived.  In the same way He saw to the provision for that need in advance.
Not one thing that takes you by surprise, ever takes Him by surprise.
It’s a comfort to know that He knows all your needs before you. Jesus said, “Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matt. 6:8). He is a good God, never missing a moment or a need in our lives. He is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will provide” (Genesis 22:14).

You can have a great confidence in His provision and be encouraged through God’s Word, that whatever needs you have now, He has seen it in advance.

Take hold of the promises in His Word.  “And my God shall supply all you need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19).