Can we still trust God for financial breakthroughs or can we still pray for a divine supply of provisions? Jesus is all that God has to give, does this mean God has no supply of tangible blessings to give?
God has blessed us.
The truth is that God has blessed us! There are blessings from God that are without condition. In Genesis 1:28, God blessed humanity and said
“Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
You see, this blessing of fruitfulness and multiplication from God is without repentance. There wasn’t any ‘but’ or ‘if’! It was a blessing that came in the tone of command! Nature obeys God’s voice and humanity have truly prospered and advanced. God doesn’t change his mind when he blesses. Paul wrote in Romans 11:29
“For the gifts and the calling of God are not subject to repentance.”
What this means is that when God blesses, he doesn’t revoke it! It will put a question mark on the integrity of God to bless and it doesn’t come to pass.
When God blessed humanity, the words which he spoke were spiritual but the results of those words are tangible. This means that the spiritual blessings of God can be accomplished using physical mediums. The words which God speaks are full of spirit and life! These words can take forms in vessels.
No one needs to be a believer to be financially successful. In fact, we see two different stories in the Bible. One talks about the rich man and Lazarus, this man was financially wealthy while the believer (Lazarus) had to depend on the rich man who didn’t have faith.
Another story talks about the rich fool who had all the wealth he could have and bragged in his own strength. Even if his death was untimely, he probably had wealth stored for his children. The point is that as foolish as the rich man was, he was wealthy.
When God said “let there be light”, the words were spiritual but the results were tangible. God blessed us to increase and prosper and therefore prosperity is God’s will for humanity, not just believers. This is why anyone can prosper and be in good health regardless if they are believers or not. Prosperity is God’s blessings and it is without repentance.
We aren’t talking about spiritual prosperity here as every believer is spiritually prosperous but we are talking about material prosperity, tangible evidence of wealth.
The Bible says in Matthew 5:45 “…for he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.”
Material blessings are keyed into
You see, the sunlight and the rain are all God’s blessing and he makes it available to everyone without distinction to the believer and the unbeliever. When the believer doesn’t take advantage of the rainy season to sow seeds, he may have to beg the unbeliever for bread during the harvest time.
A lot of times, believers believe God’s word, they confess the tangible blessings of God but they do not key into it, they do not work it out because they have erroneously believed that being a believer in itself means we can go to sleep while God does it all for us.
On the contrary, some unbelievers do not necessarily believe in God but they do all that is required of them and leverage on the ideas God has already made available to man. To this regard, the Bible says in Luke 16:8
“And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.”
Many unbelievers invest more money in marketing, branding, research and so on while some believers invest more money in tithing and praying, hoping that God digs a hand into their business and make them succeed. While unbelievers are busy building quality products, a believer may be busy merely praying for a business breakthrough.
This isn’t true for all believers but this is true for many believers. Everything on earth came from God and regardless of what man invents, they are all products of the wisdom of man which God designed in man.
It isn’t out of place to pray and ask for material blessings but God said “I will bless the works of your hands” and this is something he already did. When we put our hands to work, we are reaching out into the treasury of God’s blessings which has already been made available.
Unfortunately, many believers are praying and fasting to receive these material blessings but they aren’t reaching out for it while those who do not value prayers make the best out of God’s material blessings.
There are other believers who have even taken a further step of faith to sow seeds, pay tithes and believe God for harvest but they do not access more simply because they ignore the simple natural principle of accessing this divine blessing that is tangible. As believers, we ought to be financially committed to the assembly of brethren but that in itself isn’t how to access material blessings.
Imagine two men resting under an apple tree and they suddenly notice ripe apples on the tree. One decides to pray till an apple falls for him while another decides to look for a means of getting those apples down. While the first man will be busy praying, the second man will be busy harvesting apples and filling his basket. At some point, the prayer warrior will only be at the mercies of the second man who prays less.
Imagine again two men who went to their various farmlands. One was busy cultivating the land and sowing seeds while the other knelt down on the land praying to “God of the harvest” for a breakthrough in the season of harvest but ended up not cultivating the land. The one who didn’t pray would eventually make a mockery of him.
In many places, we notice Paul’s perspective of how the material blessings of God come about. Paul acknowledges that God supplies our needs and these needs can be physical, spiritual or even emotional. God isn’t limited! Paul also recognises that we give out of what God has blessed us. This means that God’s blessings can be tangible.
Somewhere else, we see Paul advise the brethren to work with there hands, not a single place did he encourage lazy believers to pray for money but he rather asked that they work and he even discouraged generosity towards those who are lazy in order to motivate them to work. The tangible blessings of God can be received but these tangible blessings come through various channels.
It could be channels of ideas, channels of opportunities, channels of relationships, channels of service and so on. Our diligence in our career or business brings us before kings regardless of faith, religion or background. The Bible says in Proverbs 22:29
“Do you see a man skilful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men”
This wasn’t about a prayerful man or even about a giver, it was about a man who is skilful in his work. This is how to key into the tangible blessings of God.
The Believer’s Advantage
We have confidently established in this article that there are spiritual blessings of God and there are material blessings of God. We have also established that unbelievers and believers alike can actually access a great deal of God’s tangible blessings. Egypt wasn’t a godly nation even in the time of Joseph but Egypt enjoyed God’s tangible blessings and even became a source for the godly people.
Why do we ask?
Now, is it out of place to pray and ask God for provisions? No! In fact, it is wrong not to pray as much as it is wrong to pray and then do nothing! Like the two men who saw an apple tree, one was praying but doing nothing and the other was busy making use of his hands!
What then do we do in the place of prayers? Let’s see what the Bible says
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established” – Proverbs 16:3
In the place of prayer, we commit the works of our hands to God and he establishes them! More to this, we also remind ourselves of God’s graciousness, we ask for ideas, wisdom and strength and we open up ourselves to the realm of the impossibility which unbelievers may never get to. The Bible says in James 1:5
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
Unfortunately, a lot of believers get to this realm, ideas are released to them but they go back to sleep while they should be working on what God has shown them! God doesn’t spoon-feed us, he allows us to make choices in life. Even animals have to go about their own foods even when God has made it available for them. No matter how hungry a lion is, it has to find it’s food or even fights for it before it can eat.
Egypt had so much that could be stored up! They had lots of God’s blessings but it only took a man whom God has blessed with wisdom, insight and interpretation to dreams to be able to guide them and save up wealth for the season of famine. While the non-prayerful Egypt had wealth, they needed a prayerful or at least, a godly man who is spiritual to be able to steer through the wave of famine.
Other nations suffered lack but Egypt had more than enough and became the source for everyone. It took a man whom the spirit of God was upon to be able to achieve this.
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” – Psalms 24:1
If the earth is the Lords, I shouldn’t be mealymouthed in asking and believing God for provisions. Yes, we have been made to know the principles through which these provisions come but there are times we are disadvantaged, there are times we lack the opportunities that others had and there are times we simply have nothing else but prayers!
You can ask
“Ask for anything” (Matthew 7:7) that’s the word of Jesus
“Anything” here doesn’t mean everything. For example, you can’t ask God to help kill your neighbour, you can’t ask God to help you steal successfully. There are in fact, lots of things you can’t ask or receive from God even when they don’t sound so bad. Yet, a literal understanding of that statement would seem to mean “ask for anything, whether good or bad…”
God doesn’t give us things in the way we may desire it or in the way we expect it. When you ask for wealth, God may give you an idea. He doesn’t send angels to drop a box full of money at your doorstep. Many people receive a million-dollar idea but keep praying for a hundred dollar.
There are certain things we ask God for and God gives us men. Men are also channels through which God helps us and bring us to the place of destiny. Sometimes, when we dishonour men or look down on people; even the simplest person, we may be looking down on God’s channel of provision towards us. Destiny helpers do not always look like one, some of them come in the form of servants and not even influential people.
When Jesus wanted to feed the five thousand, it was a boy who was so insignificant that his name wasn’t known that God used to feed the five thousand. Without that boy, they might have as well gone hungry. This also tells us a lot about ministry. As much as we communicate sound doctrine, we must be compassionate enough to listen to the emotional and physical needs of people.
I have seen folks who criticize a Christian ministry for including business, relationship and marriage seminars in their list of activities instead of teaching the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus only but I think a Pastor or any minister of the gospel should be able to do like Jesus, to listen to the needs of the people and feed them when they can even as the main purpose of the Church isn’t compromised.
Back to our discussion, I think it will be an insult to God’s greatness and graciousness to say and agree that “God doesn’t give material blessings”. He has given them already and he continues to open our eyes to possibilities and abundance! Let’s see something in the Bible
“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” – 2 Corinthians 9:10
God is the one who supplies seed to the sower, it is what he has done and then it is our everyday experience as though he is doing it per time. It is not out of place to place demands on God for seeds and bread. We see something in the previous verse
“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
You see, God is our provider and we can comfortably and boldly call him our provider because he provides. He doesn’t just give us fish as our earthly fathers would, he has given us the rivers, oceans and sea to fish as much as we can!
In all of this, we can evidently see that the blessings of God are also tangible and accessible to humanity.
In summary, it is worthy to note that God has blessed us with every blessing there is to bless us. In fact, Jesus is the greatest blessing that God ever gave and whatever blessings we desire for today and would access tomorrow is simply a part of what God has already blessed us with!
God doesn’t live in the now, he doesn’t live in time and therefore our present tense can be his past tense. When we receive material blessings, God isn’t actually beginning to bless us, he already blessed us and we are just reaping from it.