Provision

True Security

When you look at your paycheck, do you think of it as your hard-earned money? It’s tempting to view money as a result of our own efforts, but this perspective encourages us to act as if all our resources belong to us instead of to God. The truth is that God is the one who enables you to profit from your labors.

Thinking we have control over our assets gives the illusion of safety, but our sense of security quickly evaporates with the loss of a job or a bout with serious illness. True security is found only in the Lord, who knows all things – not in our monetary stockpiles or marketable skills. Knowing that God is in charge of our resources, whether we have much or little, should give us peace of mind because He is our provider and protector.

Recognizing that the Lord is in control of our material wealth helps with two things: It frees us from the discontentment of greed and allows us to be generous, because we never have to fear that we won’t have enough. He promises to supply enough for our needs as well as enough to share with others (2 Corinthians 9:8-10).

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 4, 2021.

Don’t Worry, There is a Bridge

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Think of all the different kinds of “daily bread” that can be here today and gone tomorrow: money, house, cars, possessions, jobs, health, and more.  In fact, every tangible thing in our life is something we have no ultimate control over.  And those are the things Jesus said we should never spend time and energy worrying about-which makes perfect sense.  Why worry about those things over which we have no control?

The one thing that cannot be taken away is the only thing we need going forward into the future: our faith and the intangible values (perseverance, hope, and the like) that arise from our faith.  The apostle Paul confirmed the necessity of faith:  “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).  We are stewards (slaves) of the God who has bought us for Himself.  Our provision is His “worry”, not ours.  He has promised to meet the needs of those who love Him.

Don’t worry about tomorrow, Jesus said.  Trust your heavenly Father with the faith you can never lose. 

“Worry over poverty is as fatal to spiritual fruitfulness as is gloating over wealth.”  A. W. Pink

Commentary from Turning Points devotional by David Jeremiah, May 12, 2017.

This song has a country/blues/gospel sound and may not be your taste, and is not necessarily my own, but I appreciate the words, which relate to this post, are meaningful, and I hope helpful 🙂

God On The Mountain, Gaither VEVO, featuring Lynda Randle.