I got home from a big day at work and decided to relax and watch the news on TV. After hearing a steady stream of reports on unemployment rising, the stock market falling, vocal outbursts against prayer in public places, wars, food prices going up, and so on, I found myself getting a bit anxious and irritable. I decided a person can take only so much of this type of relaxing, so I turned off the TV. I thought, “Why am I allowing this media information to get to me?”
Similar challenges have been occurring in civilizations for generations, and God has always taken care of His people. For God there is no new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 and 10:
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
There’s no new thing under the sun. Truth is still truth and counterfeit is counterfeit. And God is still God. He’s all-knowing, all-powerful, and everywhere present. Nothing that happens surprises Him. There is no reason to get anxious about anything. We can trust Him to lovingly provide.
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
God has always provided for His people, and He is still able and willing to provide—to be our sufficiency in any situation, at any time. It’s up to us to keep Him as our sufficiency. God is our sufficiency yesterday, today, and forever.
Since the beginning, God established Himself to be our sufficiency, and He carefully and lovingly provided a habitation for us.
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and He takes pleasure in providing for His people. He established Himself to be our sufficiency since the beginning and has remained faithful to His commitment. He has cared for His people—real people in real situations—at every stage, age, and season of life.
What has He done in the past for others? Just by considering a few Biblical records, we can see His great care. In the Book of Genesis, God gave Joseph wisdom on how to save the nation of Egypt (and ultimately his family) from starvation during an extreme famine. In one day’s time, at the relatively young age of thirty, Joseph moved from being a prisoner to being second in command over all Egypt.
In the Book of Exodus, God Almighty parted the Red Sea, saving Moses when he was in his eighties and all of the children of Israel who journeyed with him—from the infants to the eldest—with not one feeble person among them. In I Samuel, God prepared David during his teenage years to develop his mind-set to be strong enough in his believing to stand up for Him and defeat Goliath. Also, we read in Luke 1 that God enabled Elisabeth to conceive by Zacharias, and they had a son, John the Baptist, when they were well stricken in years. No matter the age, season of life, or situation, God provided for His own.
These are not obscure or isolated events in God’s Word. Record after record shows how God cared for and protected His own. If He did it in the past, He will do it now, because Malachi 3:6 says, “For I am the Lord, I change not….” God changes not, and His faithfulness is constant.
Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him….
God is faithful to supply, and He changes not. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Can you recall personal ways He has been your sufficiency in your life, in your yesterdays?
Now, how about God taking care of us and being our sufficiency in the future—forever? As children of God, we have the promise of eternal life, a glorious future.
Romans 8:16 and 17:
The Spirit itself [God] beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
This is an excerpt from the January/February 2015 issue of The Way Magazine.
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