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Acknowledge God's Nature, Promises and Acts - Part 3: The God of Providence

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | December 18, 2023 | Nehemiah 9:9-15

 


KEY VERSE:

In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them. Nehemiah 9:15

 

MESSAGE:

Nehemiah 9:9-15 encourages us to remember God’s past guidance and provision. Amidst the concerns and trials of the present, it's easy to overlook God's past faithfulness. The Israelites recalled God guiding them through the Red Sea, meeting their needs in the wilderness, and granting them a land flowing with milk and honey. These recollections acted as affirmations of God's power and faithfulness.


As Christians, recalling God’s past faithfulness serves a crucial role in our spiritual journey. It fortifies our faith, particularly during moments of uncertainty or hardship. When we remember how God has guided us in the past, it reassures us that He is still with us, still working in our lives. It is not just about nostalgia; it is about drawing strength and confidence from God’s unchanging character.

 

We are reassured that God attends to both our spiritual and physical needs. He gave the Israelites laws that were good and just, guiding their spiritual lives, and He also provided manna and water in the desert, taking care of their physical needs. This dual provision demonstrates that God is not only interested in our spiritual welfare but also deeply cares about our physical circumstances. Recognizing that God looks after our whole being is essential. Sometimes, we may concentrate solely on spiritual matters, overlooking our bodily needs, or vice versa. However, God's provision in the wilderness teaches us that both aspects are significant. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor.6:19) and taking care of them is a part of our worship of God. Likewise, cultivating our spiritual life through prayer, engaging with Scripture, and participating in fellowship is essential for our holistic well-being. Let us strive to maintain a balance, taking spiritual health. Just as He provided manna and water in the wilderness, he will provide for you. Remember, God cares for every aspect of your life; seek to honour Him, and He will guide and sustain you.

 

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Take a moment to reflect on your own life. Can you recall times when God’s hand was evident? Perhaps it was a moment of unexpected provision, guidance in a difficult decision, or comfort in a time of distress. These memories are not just personal milestones but testimonies of God’s faithfulness. Let them inspire you to trust Him more fully, knowing that the God who has been faithful before will continue to be faithful in your life.

 

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I come before you with a heart full of gratitude for your unending Providence. Thank you for your constant provision, guiding me through every season of life. In your sustaining love, I find reassurance and peace. Amen.


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING. 

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!  DAILY word study: YOU GAVE THEM

The phrase "You gave them" in Nehemiah 9:15 is translated from the Hebrew phrase "וַתִּתֵּן לָהֶם" (vattitēn lahem). The root word here is "נָתַן" (natan), meaning "to give." In this context, it signifies a deliberate act of bestowing, providing, or granting.


The act of God's giving is a recurrent theme throughout the Bible, illustrating His benevolence, grace, and providence. In Nehemiah 9:15, the phrase is part of a larger narrative recounting God's actions towards the Israelites in the wilderness. It refers to God providing manna, water, and guidance during their journey. These provisions are found in


1. (Exodus 16) Manna in the Wilderness: God provided daily sustenance for the Israelites in the form of manna.

2. (Exodus 17) Water from the Rock): God miraculously provided water for the thirsty Israelites by instructing Moses to strike a rock.

3. (Exodus 13-14) Guidance and Protection: God led the Israelites with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, guiding and protecting them.


The phrase "You gave them" underscores God's faithfulness and generosity in meeting the needs of His people. It invites us to reflect on the ways God provides for us in our daily lives, acknowledging that every good gift comes from Him (James 1:17).


Reflections

As we contemplate God's giving, let it cultivate a spirit of gratitude and trust. Recognizing God as the source of all blessings encourages us to depend on Him, seek His guidance, and express our thankfulness through a life of obedience and worship.

Reflecting on God's giving in Nehemiah 9:15, consider the various ways God has provided for you, both materially and spiritually. How does the recognition of God as the ultimate giver shape your perspective on gratitude and trust?


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