One of God's names in the Old Testament is Jehovah (or Yahweh) Jireh which means God Provider. When we have a need we can look to our God Provider for His supply.
However it is important to have a proper opinion of God regarding how He supplies or provides. Unfortunately it is all too common to have a view of God that is harsh and tough. We are taught that it is wrong to ask or expect God to pour out His abundant provisions into our hands and instead to make do with what we have. When we have a wrong view of God it will in turn affect our ability to have faith to receive. Let's look at the scriptures and see what God has to say about His supply.
The first miracle of Jesus is very significant. It was at the wedding feast in Cana. This is recorded in John 2. Here at the wedding there was no wine. Now, is wine really necessary? Isn't it a luxury? Surely they could still have the wedding without wine - people will understand. Jesus was asked by His mother to intervene. Jesus could have taught them to be frugal, live within their means, do better planning, delay the wedding until they had saved enough for the wine and so on.
But what did Jesus do? He miraculously changed the water into wine. Interestingly the size of the water pots is given ... 2 or 3 metrētēs in Greek which is 80 to 120 liters per pot. One normal wine bottle today is 750ml or 0.75 liters. This means that Jesus miraculously provided about 800 bottles of wine.
John 2:6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.
Now we know from the governor of the feast that this was really good wine. In the Greek the word used to describe the wine is kalos which means precious, excellent, magnificent. Good wine can cost hundreds of dollars a bottle. But even if we took a price of say $25 today, this would be $20,000 for wine in today's money.
Wouldn't you have to agree that this was pretty extravagant? Now a typical wine glass is about 215ml - but you wouldn't fill it to the brim. Let's say you pour 115ml of wine per glass. This would be over 5,000 glasses of wine from the 6 pots.
Why not just normal wine? Why did Jesus make magnificent wine? Isn't He being too lavish or extravagant?
Now look at this verse - John 2:11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
This first sign is said to reveal Jesus' glory. Wouldn't you agree that this account of God's generosity and lavish provision is how His glory is revealed? Is this how you view God?
Let's have a good biblical view of God which shows us that He is generous and willing to supply abundantly for our needs.
Guy is a homeschool father to five and has been married for over two decades to the same woman, He has a deep passion for the WORD and can be seen studying and emailing encouragement to others using the WORD deep into the night. He works in international real estate investments and enjoys the work and people he meets globally.
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