Lesson 1, Topic 1
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5.1.3 God’s Promise of Provision

Jesus was aware of the thought processes and considerations that many deal with. He revealed his understanding to us in different situations recorded in many passages of Scripture. In one example, we find the parable of the rich farmer in Luke 12:16. It is important to understand in this parable that Jesus did not have a problem with the farmer being rich, that he owned a lot of property, nor his desire to build himself a barn for his supplies. Rather, it is that he has referred to his performance and relied on his prosperity and his wealth. He believed that he himself could be the provider of his future and that through that he is able to have a fulfilled life.

But Jesus warns us of this deceptive self-confidence and desires a deep relationship with us in which he can also be our companion and advisor to our finances. We should realize that no possessions or wealth in this world will give us the peace, love, serenity, acceptance and contentment that we actually long for. Only he himself can give us all this. This also explains why the promise of provision and desire for God’s kingdom should be given the highest priority in our lives (Mt 6:19). But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” (Mt 6:33).