THE SERVANT GENERAL
GOD’S BOUNTIFUL PROVISION
Holy warriors are gung ho to engage in the war, but
oftentimes might lack men and materiel. We say, “Give
us 300 Gideonites and we will get the job done” or “Give
us the manpower and means by which to wage the battles and
we will secure the victory.” Since we are engaged in
spiritual war due to the work God has given us, and God loves
us, and God wants the best for His children, and God considers
us His chosen people, and God is all powerful, then He should
provide all we need, right?
truth, the burden for performance is not with us but with
God. It is His work after all, and we are mere instruments.
Thus, faced with the discontent of the Israelites, Moses complained
to God, “Why are you so displeased with me that you
burden me with all this people? Was it I who conceived all
this people? Or was it I who gave them birth?” (Nm 11:11b-12a).
And in fact, on our own we cannot do what God wants us to
do. “I cannot carry all this people by myself, for they
are too heavy for me.” (Nm 11:14).
the truth is that since this is God’s work, then He
will provide. Why then are we experiencing shortages of manpower
and means? Well, it is not God’s fault, but entirely
ours. Because of our sin. Because we are not content with
what we have. Because we are not holy. Because we are hard
of heart. Because we do not obey. “But my people did
not listen to my words; Israel would not submit to me. So
I thrust them away to the hardness of their heart; ‘Let
them walk in their own machinations.’” (Ps 81:12-13).
how God can easily provide for what is needed, how God can
provide the resources for our life and mission, how God can
win the victory. Let us look at the feeding of the 5,000.
First, God looks to us to do the work. “Give them some
food yourselves.” (Mt 14:16b). You can do it; just do
it. But we say, “Five loaves and two fish are all we
have here.” (Mt 14:17). Excuses. Reasons. Justifications.
Lack of vision. Lack of trust.
what is the reality of what God can do? “O that my people
would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways, in
a moment I would humble their foes, and turn back my hand
against their oppressors.” (Ps 81:14-15). In a moment.
Not tomorrow, but today. Not later, but now.
Jesus took, blessed, broke and gave away the loaves and fish.
“They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up
the fragments left overtwelve wicker baskets full.”
(Mt 14:20). They even had more left over than what they started
is able to accomplish the impossible. God works miracles.
God provides for what is needed, and even beyond what is needed.
So again, there is no lack with God. The problem is us. To
accomplish the divine work of God, what are needed are holy
are holy warriors?
They fully trust in God.
They obey His every command.
They are not discontent with what they have.
They do not complain.
They are totally committed to the cause.
They give their all.
They are zealous in engaging in spiritual war.
God already acted. We just need to respond. Then God acts
us try to be the holy warriors God calls us to be. Then we
will not lack for anything, but rather would experience abundance.
“But Israel I will feed with the finest wheat, I will
satisfy them with honey from the rock.” (Ps 81:17).