Genesis 23:20 So the field and the cave in it were legally made over to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.
This chapter is a fascinating look at social and legal customs of the day. The group action, the offer to “give” the land, all the terminology involved, all sound very “Oriental” to Westerners today. The point is, God provided what Abraham needed, but didn’t violate the customs of society in the process, since those customs didn’t violate His rules. The price paid was a steep one, but earlier passages make it clear that Abraham could afford it, and he didn’t hesitate. The point is, God provides, but He most often uses very prosaic means to do so, that a non-believer would not recognize as being from Him. He does use miraculous provision at times, like ravens feeding Elijah, (1 Kings 17:4-6) the widow of Zarephath’s oil and flour not giving out, (1 Kings 17:7-16) and the huge crowd being fed from one boy’s lunch, (John 6:1-13) but those are certainly the exception. The thing is, the “non-miraculous” methods are just as much God’s provision as the miraculous. Our place is to trust God to provide and not insist on exactly how He is going to do it.
This is intimately connected with me just now, because of the issue of the land next to the church that we want to purchase to build an assisted living facility. God has already provided the funds, in a way that is certainly close to miraculous, but the neck now is the impatience of the owner and the legal hoops involved. God has already let us know that He has more land available to us elsewhere in the city, but I cannot let go of the feeling He intends the land next to the church for us as well. I cannot dictate to Him and I should not try, but I am to trust Him fully and be obedient to whatever He shows me, so that we may stand in the flow of His provision in order to do what He desires, for His glory.
Father, thank You for this reminder at this time. Thank You that everything is in Your hands. Thank You for the demonstration of Your presence and power in the service last night. Help me operate in Your power more and more consistently, not just in “religious” settings but in every area of my life, so that Your will may be done in and through me for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!