“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”
Life has a way of knocking the wind out of our sails. The trials we face day in and day out overwhelm and discourage us. Distraction creeps in and before long we find ourselves inundated with doubt and worry, somehow forgetting that there is a loving God who knows and promises to meet our every need. What if we truly believed?
God has given us his Word to assure us of his promises for protection, provision, and peace; to strengthen us for the spiritual battle we face each day; and to fill us with the hope and encouragement we need to live in a world besieged by problems, worry, and fear. Yet few of us take him at his Word and walk in the victory that is ours as believers. Instead, we rely on our own intelligence, emotions, and resources to carry us through each day. For many, God’s Word is regarded as antiquated, outdated, and irrelevant, but nothing could be further from the truth!
What is your greatest need today? Is it money to pay the bills and feed your family? God promises to supply all our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Now notice, God has obligated Himself only to the extent of our needs. That would include food, clothing, shelter, companionship, love, and salvation thru Jesus Christ. It would not include the multiplicity of luxuries that we have come to think of as needs.
Perhaps your greatest need is the assurance that your rebellious teenager will one day come to his senses and that all those seeds of faith, truth, and love you have sown into his life will bear the fruit of repentance and a life committed to loving and serving the Lord. The story of the Prodigal Son in the fifteenth chapter of Luke gives us hope of God’s redemption for our lost loved ones.
Jesus says, look at the birds, look at the grass: God takes care of them. Aren’t you more important than a bird? God is going to provide. Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have to work. Obviously we do. The birds have to gather all their seeds, and make their nests, and do other bird chores, whatever those are, but they don’t worry about it. When was the last time you saw a worried bird, wringing its little wings in worry? You never see that. Because bird brained though they are, they seem to know more than we do, that God is going to provide for our needs, maybe not all our wants, but everything that we need.
I have heard countless stories about being in tough financial times and wondering how you were going to make ends meet only to see, usually at the last-minute, an unexpected raise, or you find your expenses were less than you thought, or you discover you didn’t need as much as you thought you did. Jesus is saying we live in an economy of abundance. There’s more than enough to take care of everybody: God’s going to provide. Sometimes he does that directly, and sometimes he does that through other people.
Many of you have heard the statistic that there is enough food in the world to feed everybody, but the reason that some people don’t have enough food to eat is because some people aren’t sharing what they have, or there are wars, or bad governments, that make distribution hard. God gave us everything we need to meet everybody’s needs. Our job is to distribute it. Do you know that there is $15 billion of loose change just floating around America? Talk about an economy of abundance: $15 billion sitting in people’s piggy banks or behind their washers and dryers along with all the missing socks. What would happen if every Christian turned in all of their coins to go for job training for the urban poor? Jesus is saying we live in an economy of abundance and God will provide, either directly, or through other people.
There is no need for us to worry because GOD will supply all our needs according to HIS riches in glory. Seek first the kingdom of GOD. And don’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow has enough troubles of its own. (Matthew 6:31-34)
Remember, God already knows what we need before we ask. What an awesome God we serve! Amen.
Scripture of the day: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~ John 14:27 KJV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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