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Jehovah Jireh: My Provider

“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself”. John 1:1 AMP

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9thI SamuelChapter 25Chapter 27 Jehovah Jireh: My Provider

Memory Verse: And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’s anointed, and be guiltless? 1 Samuel 26:9 KJV

Prosperity is not sin. Some in the church are wroth with believers and pastors alike who have nice cars and do not have to think about where their next meal is coming from. God did not say that prosperity was sin. The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil. Money itself is neither here nor there. It is a tool. Wealth can be a blessing; and if you have it consider those who do not.

Charity is not socialism. Giving is ordained of God. No matter how much or how little you possess, God is your provider. We learn in I Samuel 25 that the man Nabal was very wealthy. However, he was a foolish man – his entire community was witness that he was a selfish person (I Samuel 25:17). Not surprisingly, when David sent messengers to request an offering, Nabal replied that it was not his problem that he should provide for people not of his own household.

Because Nabal’s wife was wise, she prepared a peace-offering and presented it to David. Consequently, God stayed David’s hand from destroying Nabal and all the men of his household. Still, God avenged his servant David. Here and in all cases, sin is not required to receive a just reward. David was angry at the undue rejection he received from Nabal. Yet God spared David from sin. David chose to receive the peace-offering with gladness. Had David gone forth to avenge  himself, he would have been wrong though he acted in response to someone else.

When Nabal’s wife recounted all that had come to pass, that his selfishness had nearly brought death to his house, the Bible says that Nabal’s heart died within him; and he became as stone.

And it came to pass about ten days after, that the LORD smote Nabal, that he died. I Samuel 25:38 KJV

If people could learn to be disciplined, they would more often witness the sovereignty of God. It is when you deny yourself immediate gratifications that you find what God has in store for they that wait upon Him. His judgment is just. His timing is perfect. His reward is sure. We servants of the most High God need not fret for those who speak evil against us. God will reprove and rebuke. Speak the truth only. The word

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 KJV

Saul purposed it in his heart to kill David. Yet, in several years of chasing after David, he could not get close enough, or act in stealth without his plan being published and otherwise utterly failing as David escaped once again. However, we read in the twenty-sixth chapter of first Samuel that only was David close enough to kill, King Saul did not even know that David was standing above him. With this opportunity to destroy his enemy, David did not falsely attribute anarchy to God – saying God told him to kill Saul, so he could do it and not be blamed of the people. But, David spoke the truth only.

7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him. 8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time. 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’s anointed, and be guiltless? 10 David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish. 11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go. 12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them. 1 Samuel 26:7-12 KJV

When God says He is your provider, He is not speaking of food only.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:19 KJV

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