June 29, 2016

Read Philippians 4:12; 2 Peter 1:3
These beautiful words of promise are often brought to mind when, at a serious moment of need in our lives, we turn toward God for help. The Bible is filled with  evidence of this truth - “God the Great Provider”. 
We can start with Adam and Eve and be reminded that God supplied all of their needs.  In Genesis 22:8, Abraham spoke to his son and simply said, “Isaac, God will provide.”   In the wilderness, it was a cloud by day, fire by night, and mana in the morning for forty years. 
The New Testament, as well, provides volumes of examples of how God’s children were provided for.  Let’s begin with Pentecost and remember that after Jesus ascended into heaven, God provided the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts.  However, His abundant Grace is not there just to supply our physical needs. He is there when the abstract needs of our lives are in want. 
We can begin by mentioning the fruits of the Spirit -  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control - as well as the gifts of the Spirit, which deal with the talents God has endowed us with, that we can use to serve Him. These gifts are given to us by God, the “Great Provider,” and are not something we earn.
Whatever the talent or talents the Lord has given to each of us, they are given to us by the Great Provider, to magnify Him, to be used for His Honor and Glory.