You cannot divorce God’s provisions from his love, which has to do with the abundant riches laid up in glory for our use. He has given us provision for every crisis in life to help us live victoriously at all times!
For weeks I had prayed, “Lord, I want to know your heart. I can’t get a revelation of your love for me from any of the books in my library, or even from the holiest men who ever lived. That can come only from you. I want my own revelation of your love—directly from your heart! I want to see it so clearly it changes the way I walk with you and the way I minister”
As I prayed, I didn’t know what to expect. Would a revelation of his love come rushing into my soul like a flood of glory? Would it appear as some great insight that would leave me breathless? Would it be a feeling of being very special to him—or a touch of his hand on me so real it would change me forever?
No, God spoke to me through a simple little verse: “God so loved...that He gave...” (John 3:16). His love is tied to his riches in glory—his bountiful provision for us!
The Bible says our love for the Lord is shown by our obedience to him. But his love for us is evidenced in another way—by his giving! You cannot know him as a loving God until you see him as a giving God. God so loved us, he invested in his Son Jesus all the treasures, glory and bounties of the Father—and then he gave him to us! Christ is God’s gift to us.
“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell” (Colossians 1:19). “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him” (2:9-10). In other words, “In him you have all provision—everything you need!”
Very few Christians take the time to appropriate what God has freely offered. We don’t go after it or take possession of it and the treasures of Christ often lie in glory, unclaimed!
What a shock we are going to have when we get to glory! At that time, God will show us all the riches his love had provided and how we did not use them.