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God wants us to play our role


Seek

Matthew 17:24-27

After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

This was quite a miracle. Not only was the money supplied for their taxes, but it was the exact amount needed, and it was from the first fish that was caught.

Although this sets the precedent that God can supply our needs in a miraculous way, it’s important to remember that God doesn’t counterfeit money. He didn’t create money in the fish, but rather he had the fish miraculously find and swallow the exact Roman coin that Peter needed. It’s a mistake to just pray and then wait on God to rain the money down from heaven.

As Luke 6:38 says, God uses men (and sometimes fish) to give finances to us. He can do it in a very unexpected, supernatural way but it will involve people and existing currency. We need to believe the Lord hears and answers our prayers and then pray for the people He’s going to use to deliver the answer. This could be our employer, the person who buys our goods, or any number of people.

The Lord also blesses what we set our hands to do. When in need, we should seek God’s direction for something to set our hands to and then trust Him to bless it and multiply the results of our work. But one hundred times zero is zero. Many people have missed their miracle because they never took that first step of faith and used what they had. God can give you a creative idea today that will bless you and make you a blessing to others. Seek and you will find.

Don’t beat around the bush!


News of an impending attack from neighbouring territories drove King Jehoshaphat to his knees. “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us,” he prayed.We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.

No fancy words, no long-winded monologue. Just simple statements of fact: We’re in trouble. We don’t know what to do. We need Your help. How did God respond?

He answered by fighting the battle on Jehoshaphat’s behalf and giving victory (2 Chronicles 20:12-22).

Have you ever faced a vast army, so to speak, feeling utterly powerless? Maybe you’re in an abusive relationship, struggling with your job, studies etc. Perhaps you’re heartbroken over wayward kids. Maybe you’re struggling with depression, facing financial ruin, or battling terminal illness. The army approaches, and you see no escape.

What to do? Pray.I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are on You.

You may feel powerless, but God is all-powerful. Rest assured, He’ll fight on your behalf just as He did for Jehoshaphat.

Take Action: Fill in the blank:

“God, I don’t know what to do about _______________, but my eyes are on You.”

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