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Trust in the Lord

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NASB)

I have always read those wonderful stories about the GREAT saints like George Mueller, etc. Mueller prayed when there was no food on the table for his orphans in England, and miraculously bread, milk, donations, etc. would show up. I have read those stories about countless other well-known Christians. But who am I ... a pipsqueak pastor from the Midwest who no one knows and who ministers in obscurity. Could I hope for the same? I wonder, and then remember ...

The God of the universe is incredibly caught up in each one of His children. Is that not amazing when you think of the grandeur and the expanse of Creation? We can’t even begin to understand it. In a country sky, we apprehend hundreds of thousands of stars twinkling in the vastness of the dark night, but blessedly, the thought may occur, “He’s huge but He is thinking about me.”

“What is man that You take thought of him?” Psalm 8:4 (NASB)

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation.” Psalm 68:19 (NASB)

Well, like others, I have been trying in very real ways to help those who are at the bottom of the ladder in life and it is sometimes costly. I remember one night, seeing my resources dwindle and asking God, “Oh Lord, another $____ for ___________,” thinking that just that much would ease their burden. Within two nights, my parents called and my mother offered to send 20 times what was needed. I had not told them anything. I was stunned.

My parents are of that careful, WWII generation who still keep coin purses and 3% interest savings accounts! This was totally God’s stirring of their hearts to share so much, so spontaneously.

The money has come and gone, now, as there have been many needs for it from a number of places including our own needs, but it carried us in ministry for a number of months and I am humbled and grateful to our God who supplies.

“And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21 (NASB)

There are so many meanings to those words, but God knows our practical needs, as well as our spiritual needs. God will supply if we depend on him.

If today you are struggling and frightened, turn to Him in prayer and tell Him precisely what you are needing; not that He doesn’t know, but He loves your voice and you and wants you to feel that warm, safe feeling of leaning in on Him.

“... your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” Matthew 6:32 (NASB)

“... casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NASB)

Cast even the silly stuff, the small stuff, the embarrassing stuff – you’d be surprised how the Great Lord of Hosts will come flying to your aid. In case you doubt, remember this scene from Psalm 18:

“In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears.

Then the earth shook and quaked; and the foundations of the mountains were trembling and were shaken, because He was angry. Smoke went up out of His nostrils, and fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down with thick darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub and flew; and He sped upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, hailstones and coals of fire. The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, and lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them. Then the channels of water appeared, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my stay. He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.” Psalm 18:6-19 (NASB)

Yes, Jesus loves you!

Copyright © 2010 Pam Morrison, used with permission.

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