At first glance, the opening story in chapter 6 seems unnecessary. Who cares about a floating ax head? Well, someone cared about it! We aren’t given his name, but one particular prophet would never forget this story about God’s miraculous provision.
God cares about world events, and He cares about giving us daily bread—or even a lost ax head. Be encouraged by this fact. This was a simple need, but it was a real need. Indeed, this is the type of care and provision Jesus ascribed to God in the Sermon on the Mount:
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matt. 6:31-34)
We can take every care to God as we seek to fulfill His will for our lives. He is a God you can call out to in your emergencies and trust that He provides for His children. He may provide in “mundane” ways or “miraculous” ways, but either way, it comes from our good and gracious Father (Jas. 1:17). Trust Him. Seek Him. Believe He responds to our cries. God’s servants can rely on God to supply their needs.
What needs do you have today? Bring your petition to the Father.