I have been away awhile but God has been showing me so much.
I was thinking about the fact that God has pre-ordained our lives. For example:
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
to frame, pre-ordain, plan (fig. of divine) purpose of a situation) to be predetermined, be pre-ordained
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
I started thinking that if God pre-planned our lives and our calling then He surely would prepare the provision for the plan. Then I saw this:
That which is has already been, And what is to be has already been; And God requires an account of what is past
to desire, demand, to require, exact, to ask, request
This speaks of stewardship of something given. Then I thought of this:
2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
of the absolute fulness of life, life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted, to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world
So I came to some conclusions:
If God has already pre-planned the path of our lives and if God has already laid up the resource we need to accomplish what He has spoken over us;
If we have lack it is because of one of three things:
1. what we are doing, or not doing, (Joshua 7:7-11, Matt 13:22)
2. something we have authority over, (Matt 28 18-20, Eph 1&2)
3. something we must contend for. (Dan 10:12-13, Gen 25:20)
The other thing we can do is to sow:
“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer,
And day and night Shall not cease.”
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
2 Cor 9:6-12
He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower , and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
However our heart behind the gift must be right.
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.
1 Cor 13:3
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
There is more but this is a good start.
What do you think?