SUNDAY DAY 7
Scripture Reading: Psalm 23: 5
What do you need in your life today? Do you trust God for its supply? One of the most assuring title of God’s name is Yahweh-Jireh (Genesis 22:14), meaning God is my provider. Philippians 4:19 says “And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” With this divine assurance for provision Jesus admonishes believers in Matthew 6:25, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear……” (NIV). Dear friend, God is the Shepherd who leads his flock into pastures that are already prepared. Our scripture reference of today testifies to this “you prepared a table before….” We must understand that a sheep cannot grow a pasture by its self. So every green pasture is a prepared banquet for the sheep. Just as the shepherd prepares a pasture, when the pasture is matured, the shepherd comes and takes his flock to feed on it. So it is with us, as children and flock of God Most High. God has made provision for our visions and missions; He has put all things in place to meet our every need. As such a sheep of God cannot want for supply. The scripture says in Romans 8:32 “Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?” (TLB). Proverbs 10:3 declares that, “The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry…”
Dear friends in Christ, we have a Shepherd, a God which according to Ephesians 3:20 “… who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” In Matthew 7:11 scripture says “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (NIV). God has supplied all we need, He has met all our deepest hunger, He has provided all the provisions we need for a happy and blest life; when out of love He gave out His only begotten Son to us as our Saviour and Shepherd. All that the sheep needs is the shepherd, to lead it into green pasture, to partake in the fellowship of the table that has been set for it. We should have faith like Abraham who in Genesis 22:8, told Isaac that God will provide the ram for sacrifice, and indeed in Genesis 22:14, God provided the needed ram.
According to a Christian writer “It is not only our own experiences and disappointments or the many unassimilated impressions, which make it difficult to believe in a God of life and of providence. We live in an age which fundamentally and radically, questions the existence of an active God, especially of a God who cares.” Today, unbelief has become the characteristic of some professed believers, which accounts for the inability of the sheep to trust the shepherd’s divine providence. Such was the situation in John 6:1-12, although Jesus the Shepherd knew what He was going to do, but He was seeking to elicit an expression of faith from Philip. Unknown to Philip, Jesus the Good Shepherd will not allow His flock to go hungry, for with Him nothing is impossible, even though the natural provision by a little boy was insufficient; Jesus had to work out a miracle to satisfy the need of the crowd.
Child of God, your needs may be so much and seemingly insurmountable and unsolvable, but know it today that Jesus your Shepherd has set a table before you to satisfy your hunger. In Psalm 34:10 the scripture says “The young lions suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” I pray for you today with the words of St. Pio of Pietrelcina “May Jesus comfort you in all your afflictions. May He sustain you in dangers, watch over you always with His grace, and indicate the safe path that leads to eternal salvation. And may He render you always dearer to His Divine Heart and always more worthy of Paradise. Amen.”
- Thank God for His words today
- Ask for mercy for the times you doubted God’s ability to supply all your needs
- Ask God for the gift of faith to trust Jesus as the Shepherd of your life
- Tell God about the things you need in your life
Exercise: Never you doubt God’s ability to satisfy all need even though it require a miracle
Memory Verse: Psalm 78:29