No Shortages In The Kingdom
Recently, I was asked by a teenager if $12.00 is expensive for a carton of eggs. He wasn’t asking because he lacked faith in God’s provision. He’s a teenager and, naturally, doesn’t frequently shop for groceries. “Why do you ask?” I said. “Well,” he replied, “I just saw on Instagram how because of some ‘egg shortage,’ the prices of eggs are really high right now.” As soon as I heard this, a blaring alarm went off in the pit of my stomach. I immediately heard these words in my spirit, “There are no shortages in the Kingdom!”
We must remember that provision isn’t just something God does; provision is a vital part of his identity. In Genesis 22, God reveals himself to Abraham as the Provider for the first time.
“…Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
I can’t imagine what went through Abraham’s mind. This was Isaac—the child of promise. God had promised that Abraham would be the father of many nations — and that they would come through Isaac. So why was God now asking Abraham to sacrifice him? I believe this was a test of Abraham’s heart. It’s almost as if God was saying, “Do you trust me as the Provider? Will you go forward with my instruction even when it looks crazy?”
Abraham passed the test. The Bible says, “The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac.” (Gen. 22:3) He trusted God up until the last moment:
“When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. At that moment, the angel of the Lord called to him from Heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!” “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Jehovah-Jireh (which means ‘the Lord will provide’).”
You see, understanding the nature of the God you serve is essential. If you didn’t know that he is Jehovah Jireh, then you wouldn’t expect provision to be a part of your covenant benefits package. But we know that God is not a man and cannot lie. He is a good father who provides for his children in every area!
When I was asked the question about eggs, this story immediately came to me. Look what God did for the Israelites as they wandered through the desert. In Exodus, God provided manna from Heaven, so the Israelites had food to eat. The interesting part that stuck out to me was in verse 19, Moses instructed them only to collect enough manna for one day. You know why? Because there are no shortages in the Kingdom! God wants to prove his provision and goodness to you. He wants you to trust him as the Provider of your life. What happened when the fear of running out motivated the people? The Israelites that kept their manna lost their heavenly food to maggots.
This world’s system will always have shortages. We’ve gone through so many “shortages” in the last year. Gas, toilet paper, food, wood, baby formula, eggs, and tomorrow, the news will tell us something else. The key is remembering that we have a different leader to listen to—Jesus Christ. If you follow the Word of God and listen to his instructions, nothing but the best will follow you daily. It’s time we trust God wholeheartedly and never let the issues of the world become our problems. If eggs became $20 a carton, your God would provide! After all, didn’t he create the chicken?! Haaa