A Devotion By Cheryl Zelenka
What comfort there is in knowing that our God will provide for our every need!! It is a safety net I gladly accept. He will feed the poor and help us through every adversity. We merely need to pray and wait for Him to work. Answered prayers are answered in His time and in His way. Therefore, have faith and trust He will provide. It is a promise!
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)
Paul writes in Philippians 4:11 that contentment occurs when we learn to be satisfied with every situation and circumstance. How is it then that God promises to provide for our needs and yet Paul speaks of being hungry? God provided many trials for Paul to test his faith and love for Him. God’s provision was a supernatural strength that enabled Paul to withstand the hardships.
“I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.” Psalm 132:15 (NKJV)
If you are experiencing financial hardship, there will be provision. He will feed you and clothe you. He may be putting you through a test of humility, but there is the encouragement that says humility comes before honor.
When we are in the middle of a trial and issues are whipping around us like debris in a tornado, it is hard to calm our anxieties. Even so, make an effort to breathe and ask God to quiet your anxious thoughts. When you can take even a minute to petition the Father help is on the way.
The enemy likes using chaos and fear to devastate us, so fight back!! The children of God are not to be lukewarm. Put on the armor of Christ so that you can be Christ minded and identify the lies of the enemy. Ephesians 6:10 commands us to “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” The word STAND is written four times in verses 6:11-14 of Ephesians. When a word is repeated that many times we ought to make a note of it and do what it commands.
I urge you to stand against your worries and frets today. I encourage you to stand on the promises of God, including the one stating He will provide for you needs and give you strength. No adversity or test is sent your way that cannot be overcome with the provisions of your Father.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
“Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?” Luke 12:25 (NKJV)
“Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you’” Hebrews 13:5 (NAS)
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