December 3 (Philippians 4:19)
And my God will supply every
need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
I recently highlighted this among some of my favorite verses in the Bible about God’s provision, and then I stopped to realize yet another way God provides for us. Have you ever considered just how many verses there are about God’s provision in scripture? The mere fact of the number of times God has spoken about His care for us is but one more instance of that very care and concern, for He does not want us to worry.
Has God promised provision for our physical needs? Yes, He has (see Matthew 6:31-33). Has He promised to care for our emotional needs? Yes, He has (see Psalm 30:5). Has He promised to care for the state of our souls? Yes, He has (see Romans 6:23). Yet pull back from all this just a bit and see that He has also provided so that you do not have to question or worry about His provision by stating over and over again in the words of scripture that He will, in actual fact, take care of you.
Now, here’s the thing. Our Father knows His children and He knows full well that we are going to worry and fret. We do not need to, but we will, and that is why He reassures us. If there is one thing we must do, it is to read the Bible, not just for knowledge, but to take hold of the great promises and comfort of God. If we do not, it is like ignoring one of the best gifts under the tree as we bustle about, upset by the all the wrapping paper that litters the floor.
Father, thank You not only for Your amazing provisions, both
for this life and the next, but thank You for reminding me so often of Your
care for me in the words of scripture.
May those words, Your words, sink into my heart and mind, coloring
everything I see in the world. In the
name of Jesus, Who made the promise of life a reality, amen.
Copyright © 2017 by Steven R. Perkins