Matthew 17:27 – Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
The first 15-years of my ministry was engaged in traveling as an itinerate minister, ministering wherever doors would open to me. On occasion, I would partner with a brother of like precious faith and we would hold meetings in a public place, often running three days or more. Of course, part of the responsibility for such meetings would be raising the budget to pay for the venue and other expenses of the meeting. On one such occasion, I was partnering with a dear friend and fellow-minister (Pastor Randall Smith), now of more than 40-years, in conducting a meeting in the town of Yadkinville, North Carolina. We shared the preaching work for three night-meetings (Thursday thru Saturday), and a Saturday noon teaching service. The meetings were going great, well-attended, God was moving mightily, but it seemed the finance was very slow in coming. We never shared the budget amount with anyone, and never put any kind of pressure on people to give.
We decided I would minister in the Saturday teaching meeting. I arrived early, and since there would be no music in the service, simply prepared the sound system and microphones for a teaching service. At noon, there was no one there but me. Still, the meeting was scheduled, so at noon, I began the teaching session as though the place were full. I turned on the recording system, read my text, prayed, and began to teach. I was about five minutes into my teaching when the door to the community center opened slowly. A man backed quietly through the door, closed it very quietly, and turned around. He was astonished that I was the only person present. Still, he sat down, seemed to enjoy the teaching, and took notes. When I finished teaching, I did as we always did, and offered everyone present the privilege of giving to the Lord. He reached into his coat pocket, retrieved an envelope, put it in the offering basket, and we prayed, closing the service; just him and me.
This was his first time to be in our meetings. He pastored a local church, and said he would be back that evening, and so he was. They point to be made here is this. He said the Lord had directed him to come to that meeting, and to bring a certain financial gift to that service. The check he gave completely covered the budget for the entire meeting. That, my friend, is Acts 29, supernatural provision. I made a friend that day, and we were close until his going home to be with Jesus. His name was Gilmer Dunn.
Manna for Today – Matthew 17:24-27; Philippians 4:19; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 17:18; John 20:21