Posted by: everynation | May 14, 2010

The Enemy Will Provide

by Simone Bardone

It seems to me that our world (or at least the world I live in) is becoming more and more obsessed with getting their present needs met. I need a new car. I need a new job. I need a girlfriend. I need more money. I need a bigger flat. I need… We all have needs – legitimate needs (mostly), which is normal and fine. But the problem I see with our current state of neediness and our tendency to obsess is our seemingly complete lack of patience in simply waiting for our needs to be met.

Here’s what I observe time and time again…
Person has a legitimate need (e.g. a spouse).
Person can hardly wait to meet future spouse. (actually, the person can’t wait to meet the unrealistic non-existent fantasy-version of their future spouse, which is another issue all together)
Person is offered immediate satisfaction.
Person ends up regretting their decision not to wait.

I came across this exact same scenario in the book of Joshua yesterday. The people of Israel were in the middle of a long season of warfare. They were undoubtedly tired, hungry, a bit sick of fighting. And then out of nowhere… come the Gibeonites. The Gibeonites were enemies of Israel who had disguised themselves as innocent travellers who had come to make peace with them. Long story short, the Gibeonites offered Israel provisions and nice break from fighting. But it was a trick! Israel enjoyed their little bit of dry bread, a short break from fighting, but then only a few days later realised their mistake and ended up regretting it for many, many years to come.

“So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the LORD.” –  Joshua 9:14

They made the same mistake that so many of us make all the time. The enemy offers to meet a legitimate need. We naturally take the bait, but then end up regretting it in the end. THE ENEMY WILL PROVIDE. To avoid making such mistakes, we mustn’t ever assume that all provision is from God. It’s not. Satan has no problem with meeting our needs, as long as he can use it to reap havoc in our lives later. We would be wise to patiently first ask God: is this provision from you, or am I simply looking to get my need met as soon as possible?

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19

Simon Bardone, a missionary in London, is the lead pastor for Every Nation’s 6PM service in Hammersmith – which is aimed at under-24s. He is married to Shirley and is the author of Simonslife Online.

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