GET TOGETHER- HE GUIDES AND HE PROVIDES
Ps 105:40 The people asked, and He brought quail, And satisfied them with the bread of heaven. (NKJV) Mt 6:24-34 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; “and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Yesterday I saw on the internet where a meat packing company was warning that there could be a shortage of meat soon. This morning when J.J. and I were having our quiet time I told her about reading the article on the internet. Just about the time that I said it I happened to look outside from our sunroom window and there were three quail there. There are always some birds out there because we feed them. But this was the first time that there have been quail there in a long time. And by the way wild birds are my favorite pets!
I immediately thought about how God provided Israel with quail when they were griping and complaining in the wilderness. Although their motive was wrong God still provided for them. When I saw the quail this morning I felt like the Holy Spirit was giving us an assurance that God will always provide for us in season and out of season.
There are many other times when we are there in our sun room that when we watch the redbirds, bluebirds, and other kinds of birds that the Holy Spirit brings Jesus words in the passage that I posted from Matthew to my attention. Yesterday morning while I was in our car, I was listening to a sermon by a preacher on the radio. He mentioned in the sermon that we need to be reading the headlines from Heaven during this time. I thought about that today. The headlines that we are listening to from the media can get very discouraging. But if we look to the headlines from Heaven we will see that there is a God that loves us. We will see that there is a God that will be with us at all times. We will see that there is a God that will provide for us.
Israel asked and He gave. For us as born-again children of God we are under a better covenant than they were. He says in Mt 7:7 ¶ “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. This morning the Holy Spirit reminded me that they don’t call Him Jehovah – Jireh for nothing. He is the Provider! The Apostle Paul said it like this in Php 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.(NKJV)
At least five times in this passage from Matthew He tells us not to worry. I believe that the answer to this is found in Mt 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. So in this uncertain time are you worrying, or trusting? Are you seeking peace through God ,or in some other way? If we abide, He will provide. I can remember someone telling me right after we had surrendered to the call to the Pastorate that where He guides, He provides. I think that we could say with certainty and the scripture would certainly support it, that for those that He guides He will provide. Today during this uncertain time trust the One that has never failed to provide for His people. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you! He said it and He meant it. Heaven’s bank is backing up every word that He said.
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we praise You that You are a great and faithful High Priest. Father we praise You and thank you that You provide. We thank You that there is never any lack to those who trust You. By the power of the Holy Spirit help us to trust You as our Provider during this uncertain time and all the time.
In Jesus Name
We love you all! I am going to stand in for you right now and hug myself Aas a token of mine and J.J.’s love for you all!
GET TOGETHER- HE GUIDES AND HE PROVIDES