The Promised Land and God’s Amazing Provision for Your Life

If God will provide, why do our means seem so meager?

The tension is nothing new for us who believe in God. It’s just that most days it seems we never have enough. Between the bills, the home upkeep, and the car repairs, it’s tough just to stay afloat. Often, amazingly, God rigs it this way.

In fact, an unusual custom gives insight into why our means seem so meager.

If God Will Provide, Why Are My Means So Meager?

(Photo: Wheat field near Bet Guvrin, Israel. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

After settling in the Promised Land, God allowed His people to work the land. But every seventh year, God said, “the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord” (Lev. 25:4) and lie fallow.

  • This Sabbatical Year allowed for the forgiveness of all debts, and any food that grew went to the poor and to the wild animals.
  • Then every 50 years, on the year of Jubilee, the land not only rested but also returned to its ancestral owners. And all slaves walked free.
  • However, in 586 B.C., after God’s people failed to observe the Sabbatical Year for 490 years, God exiled them for the 70 special years they failed to give the land (2 Chron. 36:20-21).

All this was to show that the Promised Land belonged to God, not to those who lived on it (Lev. 25:23). Although they worked the land, they believed God will provide, and He made them stop working to prove He would.

For even when they rested, God supplied (Ps. 127:2).

Here’s why the same is true for us.

Why Our Means Seem So Meager

Anyone who has ever lost a job or sensed true sacrifice in giving to God’s work has felt the tension faith required in the Sabbatical Year. Faith involves trust that God will provide, and trust implies risk (from our perspective).

God will provide for us in daily doses. As with Israel in the wilderness before the Sabbath each week, so our own efforts to gather extra only breed worms . . . and amount to nothing.

Harvesting wheat at Shavuot in Israel.

(Photo: Harvesting wheat at Shavuot in Israel. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The Promised Land and God’s Promises to You

Life in the Promised Land looks remarkably like our own in many ways. The Father longs that we understand He will provide daily bread, not careers by which we’re set for life. For while God is never late, He also is seldom early.

God may keep us on the edge of our means, for there we more clearly recognize our need for Him. 

Jesus spoke to our common struggle of worrying about money by realigning our priorities to His own:

Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
—Matt. 6:31–33

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  • Mary-Beth Goetzke

    I am struggling with this very thought and petition the Lord as to why. Now I know (1) God is in control and (2) He is growing my faith rather than have me trust in career or money. Thank you for posting this.

    • I have been there, Mary-Beth, and one truth I learned is that God often removes what we have in order to reveal that He alone is our source of provision. But then He also proves Himself completely faithful.

  • Don Olding

    Before I joined the missions organization I am with God said I should pray for a mountain, “Pray for hard things, I now understand why. Wayne, I must admit every time I read your Blog, It is as if God is using you in my life for this season. Amazing!

    • Nothing could thrill me more than to hear that, Don. Thank you. Your comment reminds me of Caleb, who requested: “Give me that mountain!” He trusted God against the giants he had been willing to face decades before. And with God’s help, he did it. Thanks for hanging tough, Don.

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  • Donna

    What is your opinion on financial investments to grow money? I have family members that are fastidious about ‘putting away’ money for retirement, and others who tend to live day to day. If I understand scripture correctly, it is good to invest, as long as we do it with a servant heart, realizing God is our source, and what we have is at His disposal. I don’t believe in storing up for the sake of having a big investment portfolio, but having said that, I have just benefited from my Uncles estate, and have been able to help others in need because he made a hobby of investing! He was a Godly Christian man when he passed away at 95. Would be interested on your viewpoint Wayne.

    • I think you’re spot on. There’s nothing wrong with investments, Donna. In fact, there is wisdom there as a wise steward (Luke 19:23). Joseph saved during the years of plenty for the years of lack.

      Check out Ron Blue’s excellent book, Master Your Money. You’ll find there sound advice, all grounded in Scripture.

  • Felix Moses

    I would go by Exodus 16:18 and 2nd Corinthians 8:15.

    • Great comment, Felix. Those verses on the principle of equality are a great reminder that each church is not a world unto itself. We should reach across the boundaries of our own needs and consider the needs of others. Thanks.

      • Felix Moses

        Another verse which has always increased my faith and urged me to depend entirely on the divine and supernatural provision of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

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