Just this morning as I was finishing up my devotions my 13 year old came to me with a discovery from her own time with Him. This is a fantastic promise as we head into a life walking by faith. She was reading the faith chapter of Hebrews and found this gem.
Heb 11:40 Elohim having provided what is better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
Heb 11:40 GodG2316 having providedG4265 someG5100 better thingG2909 forG4012 us,G2257 thatG2443 they withoutG5565 usG2257 should notG3361 be made perfect.G5048
She looked up the word provided in the dictionary and them came and asked me if I knew what the definition of provided meant. I told her the beginning "pro" means before and I wasn't sure about the second part "vide" would mean.
Now Rare to get ready beforehand; to make available; supply; to supply (someone) with something · to prepare ( for or against some probable or possible situation ...
It is not just the supplying or making available. In the 1828 Websters it has the meaning of getting ready before hand. Now let's take a look at the Greek.
2) to provide
prob-lep'-o From G4253 and G991; to look out beforehand, that is, furnish in advance: - provide.
so we have Elohim having looked out beforehand and furnished in advance what is better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
so, can this also be applied to our walk of faith? What about prayer and the needs we bring before Elohim? I will have to look into the Scriptures and see.
Mat 7:7 "Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.
Mat 7:8 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.
Mat 7:9 "Or is there a man among you who, if his son asks for bread, shall give him a stone?
Mat 7:10 "Or if he asks for a fish, shall he give him a snake?
Mat 7:11 "If you then, being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in the heavens give what is good to those who ask Him!
Mat 7:12 "Therefore, whatever you wish men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Torah and the Prophets.
Mat 21:22 "And whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.
Mat 6:5 "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the congregations and on the corners of the streets, to be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward.
Mat 6:6 "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place. And your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.
Mat 6:7 "And when praying, do not keep on babbling like the gentiles. For they think that they shall be heard for their many words.
Mat 6:19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
Mat 6:20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Mat 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart shall be also.
Mat 6:22 "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, all your body shall be enlightened.
Mat 6:23 "But if your eye is evil,1 all your body shall be darkened. If, then, the light that is within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Footnote: 1This is a Heḇrew idiom – a good eye means to be generous, while an evil eye means to be stingy.
Are we just selling books? No, we have also gifted individuals with books. We have given as Yahweh has given to us. Our goal here is not just be be blessed by Yahweh but to bless others that He brings into our lives.
I trust that you will be encouraged to bring to Yahweh Elohim all your needs even though He already knows of them and is preparing in advance to the meeting of those needs.