“For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink.’” – Hosea 2 v 5
In this verse, God is speaking to the Israeli nation, accusing them of the ultimate betrayal. Israel has committed spiritual adultery, turning their adoration to worthless pagan idols, forgetting the one true God. According to them, these idols have the power to provide. In verse 8, God addresses this misconception –
“For she did not know that I gave her grain, new wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold…”
Certainly, God is the source of all good things. James 1 v 17 states that every good and perfect gift is from above, originating from the Father. Deuteronomy goes even further to state that even your abilities to get wealth – talents, wisdom, savvy – come from him (8 v 18). Indeed, the Israeli people forgot this, choosing instead to give glory to things that did not deserve any praise at all.
In modern society, this truth remains unchanged. Perhaps a company pays your salary, but both your ability to work and the money itself, find their source in God. We can compare this to thinking that a lamp provides us with light. In fact, it does not. It is the electricity that supplies the light, the lamp is merely a channel. If the lamp breaks, it can be replaced. The electricity is the constant factor. Do not look to this world to provide your needs, but keep your eyes on Christ. Businesses may rise and fall, wages may ebb and flow, jobs may come and go, but if you are a child of God, He will ALWAYS provide!
“I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” – Psalm 37 v 25