The God Who Provides

Series: The Name Game

Title: The God Who Provides

Date: Nov.18, 2018

Scripture: Matt. 7:7-11

 

Intro: Today we will begin a new sermon series entitled, “The Name Game.” In this series we are to going to look at the different names that describe God. Each unique name will reveal to us a certain characteristic about God. This morning we are going to at the name Jehovah-Jireh. This name literally means the LORD WILL PROVIDE. Our sermon for today is called, “The God Who Provides.”

 

As all of should know, this coming Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. It is meant to be a day in which we step back from our hetic schedules and count our blessings. It is meant to be a day in which we give Thanks for all that we have. Thanksgiving is also a time in which we provide for our family. We go to great lengths to produce a wonderful meal that could feed a small army. According to an article from the Motley Fool the average family will spend $175.65 on their Thanksgiving Meal. Americans will spend $991 million on turkeys this year as we will consume around 45 million turkeys. Even though we like to provide for families on special occasions we need to recognize that God is the GREAT PROVIDER. Our verses today will show us that God is much more capable of providing than we are.

 

 

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Did you notice in those few verses the contrast between an earthly father and our Heavenly Father? As parents we want to provide for our children. If they ask for something within reason we will do our best to provide what they ask for.  If they ask for bread we won’t give them a rock? If they ask for a fish we won’t toss them a snake? Of course not, we will provide what they ask for. But, our Heavenly Father does an even better job at providing than we do!  Our Heavenly Father is the GOD WHO PROVIDES.

 

In fact, God has been providing ever since the beginning.

 

Why does God want to provide us with good things?

  • God desires to provide us with good things because He created us!
    •  We are made in the image of God. I am made in the image of God, you are made in the image of God and everyone around you is made in the image of God.
  • We are special creations that stand out from all the other things which God created because we are the only ones created in God’s own image!
    • We have a soul that will continue on after our bodies have failed us
    • Since we are created by God He desires to provide for us. Even though we made a mess of His perfect creation God still desires to provide for us.

 

  • God loves us
    • Why do provide good things for your children? Because you love them! Even though they aren’t perfect you still provide for them.
    • The same thing is true with God. HE LOVES US! Even though we aren’t perfect God still desires to provide for us.
    • God’s love for you is GREATER than the mistakes you make.

 

 

 

 

What good things has God provided?

  • A wonderful world to live in and enjoy
    • This world in which we live is perfectly suited for us to live upon
      • It has just the right of gravity – Too much gravity and we would be squashed; Too little gravity and we would be floating around

 

  • It has just the right type of atmosphere – Our atmosphere is made up of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen – This mix is perfect because it provides the proper amount of pressure to support life and not interfere with the basic processes of life;

 

  • It is just the right distance away from the sun – Too close and we would be crispy critters; Too far away and we would be frozen solid

 

  • The basic necessities for life
    • Food, Water, Clothing

 

  • A path of hope
    • The Bible clearly teaches that mankind has fallen away from God and we seek to do our own thing. By following our own path we are walking away from the God who can offer hope.
    • We desperately need HOPE!
    • Matthew 7:13-14 – Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
    • There are two different paths that a person can follow:
      • The wide path = A path of HOPELESNESS and destruction
        • Wages of sin = DEATH
      • The narrow path = A path of HOPE
        • This path will lead us back to our Heavenly Father
      • In order to get on the path of hope that God has provided to mankind we must accept another provision from God.
        • John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
        • The path of hope begins when we die to self and place our life in the hands of Jesus.
          • Admit – That we are a sinner
          • Believe – In the Gospel (Death, Burial and Resurrection)
          • Call – Out to Jesus for forgiveness

 

  • By placing our life in the hands of Jesus we are placed on the path of hope that leads to an eternity with our Heavenly Father.
  • When we walk on the path of hope we begin to see many other things that God provides:
    • Grace, Lovingkindness, Compassion, Forgiveness, Freedom, Peace, Security, Courage, Comfort, A new home, and much, much more.

 

 

Our Heavenly Father is wonderful and loving beyond our comprehension. He has provided us with many good gifts but a decision needs to be made. Each person must decide if they will accept what God has provided or reject what He has provided. Just because someone has provided something of value doesn’t mean that another person will accept it. (Ex. Our church is providing free food today)

 

 

 

 

What does it take to accept what God has provided?

  • Humility
    • We need humility in order to recognize that we need what God is providing
    • It takes humility to ASK for help
    • It takes humility to seek out help
    • It takes humility to knock on God’s door for help.
    • I want you to understand something about these words, they actually carry the idea of keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. Going to God for help is more than just a one time event. It is meant to be a daily event! That takes HUMILITY! Anyone can swallow their pride and ask for help one time but to do so every day that takes a humble spirit.
    • But, if we truly want to experience what God provides we need HUMILITY.

 

  • Courage
    • We will also need some courage in order to ask, seek and knock. Does anyone everyone remember being in school and being afraid to ask the teacher a question?
    • It takes courage to ASK God for help – This means we can’t solve all our problems by ourselves.

 

  • It takes courage to SEEK God for help – This means we are admitting that we don’t have all the answers

 

  • It take courage to KNOCK on God’s door – This means we have no one else to turn to

 

  • Trust
    • We need to trust that God desires to provide what is best for us
      • From the physical needs – Food, Clothing, Shelter
      • To the spiritual needs – A path of righteous that brings us back into a right relationship with our Creator
  • John 3:36a – He who believes in the Son has eternal life;

 

  • We need to trust that God’s provisions are better than we deserve
    • We don’t deserve what God provides
      • Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

Closing: Our Heavenly Father is the GOD WHO PROVIDES. He provides out of His great love for us. He provides more than we deserve. Even though God provides much for us we still must make a decision: Accept what God’s provides or Reject it. What have you been doing with the things God has provided to you?

 

Philippians 4:19 – And God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.