Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Praise week - Tuesday
I hope that you are looking forward to the rest of this week; we will be focusing on the gifts and blessings that our Father gives to us, and praising Him.
Today I want to guide our thoughts to the provisions that God makes for us. He is the all-powerful Yahweh, but He willingly, freely gives us strength, food, shelter, and more.
Remember in Matthew, and again in Luke, the words "give us this day our daily bread"?
We recognize our dependence on God, when we speak or think those words . . . after all,
...the earth is the Lord's, and everything in it. (Psalm 24:1)
The bread, the veggies, the meat . . . all the things we are accustomed to buying at the local store, they belong to God. They are provided by Him, as is the money that we use to purchase them!
In the passage in Luke, the words carry a slightly different meaning: give us "day to day" our daily bread. We are given single days in this life; we are "authorized" if you will, to ask for daily sustenance. Even if, like the widow in the Old Testament, we have but a tiny bit of oil and a small scoop of flour, we need not be afraid. God has not forgotten us. And He is fully aware that humans can really only handle one day at a time! We can ask with confidence, for He cares for us, and will provide.
He will also provide us with the strength that we need for each day.
Look at these wonderful verses:
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!
I Chronicles 16:11)
The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my
salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him ... (Exodus 15:2)
When we feel we are almost overcome, and overwhelmed, we need only to look to Him for our strength. He is faithful, and He will make good His promise!
I hope you will leave a comment today in praise for His provision for us.