Have you ever avoided something because you didn’t understand it or it seemed a little scary?
There was a scripture in the Bible that I frequently avoided. It wasn’t the actual words of the scripture, but the way it was often used. Every funeral I had ever been to, including my father’s, it was read. Just hearing “Psalm 23” would bring my thoughts down a path that lead to death. In order to prevent the morbid thought trails, I steered clear of the Psalms.
Interestingly enough, when God began teaching me to overcome anxiety He took me straight to the Psalms.
As He began renewing my mind through His Word, I began to see this powerful scripture in a new light. It no longer represented death, but trust in the One who had conquered death. This scripture began to teach me the character of God and how He so lovingly provides for His people.
4 Ways God Supplies
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3
- He makes me lie down- When my kids were little I enforced naps. They would argue that they weren’t tired, to which I would respond, “You may not be tired, but you need to rest.” Many times as adults we need to be “made to lie down”. Our schedules are busy–we have things to do, people to see and don’t have time to rest. The biggest complaint I find myself and others saying is, “I’m tired.” We run ourselves ragged and wonder why we don’t feel great. God, in His goodness, knows what we need. He makes us to lie down when we need rest.
- He leads me beside peaceful streams- In South Louisiana, the summers are hot. Sitting outside for just a few minutes can leave you parched, searching for something cold to cool you off. Many times in life, especially when the heat is on, my spirit and soul begin to thirst. More often times than not, I will begin to drink from old wells. The places that used to bring me refreshment before I met Christ. I’ll watch tv, read a good book, and relax by the pool. None of these things are bad, in fact, they help me to relax. Yet they don’t fully refresh my spirit and soul. When I worship and spend time with Jesus, a full refreshing takes place. He gives me living water that sustains me through the heated moments of life.
- He renews my strength- Sometimes we just want to give up. Last week was one of those weeks for me. I had a lot of running around to do, but I also had a lot of writing work to get done. Numerous tasks grasped for my attention and I was beginning to feel underproductive and overwhelmed. As I reached out to some friends to share my frustrations, they all said the same thing, “Take a step back.” And so I did. In the chaos of my schedule, I had forgotten my most important appointment–the one with Jesus. There is truly something empowering about inviting Him into our days. I had been relying on my own strength to get things done, rather than spending time asking Him to be my guide. When I laid everything aside and sat in His Presence, even for a short time, my strength was renewed.
- He guides me down the right path– Recently I was stuck in a decision and I wasn’t quite sure what I should do. I went straight to my husband and friends to discuss my options. Not a bad thing, right? There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors. (Proverbs 15:22) However, leaving God out of the equation is not wise. Rather than going to Him first, my tendency is to go to Him after I’ve asked everyone else’s advice. I forget that He has all the answers. When I get stuck and I don’t have clear direction, I can seek Him and He always guides me down the right path.
What are you facing today? Do you need rest, refreshment, strength or guidance? God is more than able and willing to provide for your needs. Nothing is too big or too small for Him. What matters to you, matters to Him. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, spend time in His Presence and you will be sure to find the provision you seek.
Father, thank you for provision. Lord, I pray Your abundant favor and mercy over all of us. As we seek You, Lord I pray that You would show up in ways we never imagined. Father, show us Your goodness. Provide everything we need to get through our difficult situations. Touch our bodies, our relationships and our finances. Bring healing to each area, Lord. Thank you that You are our Source. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Do you have a testimony of God’s abundant provision? I’d love to hear it! You can share it in the comments below.