It is hard to believe that another week is coming to a close. I do not know about you, but I am thoroughly enjoying this study. I have been really challenged this week with the topic of God’s provision. How about you? I did not receive any specific questions from you, so I am going to start unpacking what I gathered from Chapter 2 of The Shelter of God’s Promises. I would love to hear from you. Be sure to comment on the blog and/or facebook page.
I will start out by talking about our key verse this week, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Too often, we read this verse an immediately think God will simply give us everything we deem as a “need”. However, delving into the context of this passage, you will see that Paul is giving us the secret to a contented life. We need to be willing and open to freely give to others and then out of His glorious riches, God will provide for our needs. This is our needs and not our wants. A great truth throughout this chapter is that God is the Source for meeting our needs. Sometimes it is helpful to sit down and write out our needs and then prioritize them. After doing this, then bring it before God and ask for His provision.
Asking for God’s provision leads to a major key point this week – prayer. I loved the way Sheila described prayer in The Shelter of God’s Promises DVD “Prayer is when we partner with God to bring about His will for our lives and when we are honest and say, I cannot do this alone, and what I have isn’t enough. Please provide.” I love the idea of prayer partnering with God. How awesome is it that we are able to freely come into the throne room of God, the Creator of the universe, and talk with Him. Prayer is also about humbling ourselves an admitting that we cannot do it on our own. God desires to not only meet our needs, but also provide us help and strength along our journey. We simply need to ask for it. What is the greatest challenge for you with regards to prayer? Is it having the faith to believe God is not only listening, but that He will do what He promises? Is it just taking the time to meet with Him daily? As a parent, I know how difficult it is when our children do not trust that we will provide for them. Imagine how God grieves over our lack of faith in Him.
Sometimes it is easy to confuse our wants with our needs. A verse that comes to mind is Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Many Christians read this verse and think this grants us the ability to take our wish list to God and He will grant them like some type of genie. However, if we examine the scripture carefully, we will see that our desires are fulfilled in our delight of Him. This is the only way our deepest longing will ever be satisfied. At times it is hard to let go of our desires and seek God will and purpose for our life. What are you currently holding on to and need to let go of in light of God’s will for your life?
God longs to pour out His provision and love to us, not grudgingly but extravagantly. Christ’s sacrifice for each of us is a beautiful picture of God’s extravagant love for us. God gives us more than we can even imagine or dream of; we only need with His will and purpose in mind.
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