I will strengthen them in the Lord and in his name they will live securely, declares the Lord. Zechariah 10:12
People desire to live securely. They want to know that they will have what they need when they need it, without fear of losing it or having it taken away.
In order to get this, people seek to have high paying careers, large bank accounts, and great positions. People feel more secure when they feel that they are in control of everything in their lives. However, many fall apart when things go wrong and all sense of security is lost.
God told the people that He would strengthen them. It was in His name that they would find security.
Although the world tries to say that following its ways will bring security, it is a false sense of security. In just a moment everything can change and all is lost. The things that the world relies upon for security are only temporary.
Believers have a security that is eternal. Nothing that can happen in this life can change that short of one giving it up. God gives the believer strength to keep moving forward despite the problems faced in this world, despite the destruction and turmoil going on.
Every believer can know that in the end he will receive eternal life and that, until then, God will provide abundantly for every need. The believer’s focus must be upon God and eternity, both for his own life and the lives of everyone he meets. Everything else is temporary and can be a distraction for what God wants and is doing.
You will have days that are filled with trouble. There will be times when everything in your life will appear to be falling apart and that the enemy is winning the battle. Do not give up. Do not allow the world to break you down. Do not allow yourself to get distracted with the chaos of this fallen world. Seek the Lord and His strength to keep going.
God is ready and willing to fill you with His Holy Spirit to give you the needed strength. Rely upon His promises and strength to continue to live for Him and be His witness.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit to give you strength; that you will know God’s power in your life; and that you will move forward with God.
All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. Psalm 104:27
Every person needs some things to survive upon this earth. The very basic needs are food, shelter and clothing. Everything beyond that is a bonus to whoever has it.
In order to get these things, people work jobs to get the needed money to purchase them. This works great, until a person cannot get a job or has a job that does not pay enough to get what is needed.
The majority of people in the world believe that they are the ones completely in control of getting what they need. It is all about self getting those things. And there is great stress if they cannot get those things and more.
The psalmist points out that the creatures look to God for their provision of food. They expect God to provide food at the right time.
While there is nothing wrong with working for the basic needs, and it is required to do so by God, relying upon self to get them is not what God wants. God wants the believer to trust in Him for the provision of all of his needs.
This is not saying that one does not work and just waits for God to provide. It is saying that a person will seek what God wants him to do and trust God to provide everything needed as it is needed.
Getting food at the time needed may mean that there is no great storehouse filled in with extra food for use whenever one wants, but will be there when needed.
Every believer must trust God in everything and for everything. All he must do is do what God wants Him to do and trust God for the rest.
As you go through this life seek to know what God wants you to do to build His kingdom. Put Him and His kingdom first. As you do that God will provide for all of your needs.
Trust that God will give you what you need at the time you need it, not early nor late. If the animals can trust God and God meets all of their needs, He will surely meet all of your needs.
His help may or may not be ahead of time, but it will always be on time–at the proper and perfect timing.
Are you looking to God for your provision or to your self?
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will trust God with all you need; that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; and that you will see God’s blessings in your life.
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. Psalm 16:5
Sitting around a dinner table with a large family has everyone wanting to get their portion of food. Each one wants to make sure that he gets enough food for the meal and no one else takes his piece of the meat or pie.
People act the same way in other areas of life. Everyone wants a piece of the pie. No one wants to be left out or cheated on their portion. In the workplace people fight for positions and pay raises. They strive to have the best retirement possible. They want to feel secure, that their future is well taken care of.
Yet, all of these things can fail. Each one is just temporary.
David said that God, alone, was his portion. It was God, alone who made him feel secure.
Every believer has God as his portion in this life and for all eternity. However, many believers want more than God. They seek and fight for wealth and security in this life on earth. They often focus on getting more things and bigger bank accounts. They want the job position that provides abundantly for them.
In doing all of this, they are putting God on the side and not trusting Him for everything. They are not allowing God to be their portion and keep them secure.
God is the provider of everything, including the air a person breathes. If God is willing to provide the air one needs, will He not provide everything else a person needs?
Along with physical things, many believers believe in Jesus, but also in doing works. They do things to earn their salvation. Salvation is not earned, it is a gift. It was provided for by Jesus. Works are what a person does out of love for what God has given already, not the provision.
Take a look at your own life and see what you depend upon. Are you, like the world, depending upon the temporary things of this world or what you can provide? Or are you depending upon God for everything?
God will make your life and salvation secure, if you will trust Him. Your life can be so secure that you will have nothing to fear. No harm or trial can come your way and destroy you, because God is your portion. You don’t need anything else in this life, but God. All the rest is bonus.
I pray today that you will know God is your portion in this life; that you will trust God for all of your needs; that you will not seek anything but God to make you secure; and that you will know how secure you are in God.