God’s Provision; September 5, 2022

Psalm 81:10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

I can’t read this verse without remembering the story of the dentist who took the last part out of context and posted it on the wall of his clinic! God certainly wasn’t talking about filling teeth in this verse!  Jokes aside, the context of this verse is the admonition to listen to God alone, and not to other gods. God is reminding Israel of His power by speaking of the Exodus, and then He tells them He will meet their needs. Back then, people were in danger of starving to death because of climate, because no rain meant no crops and thus no food, whereas today the biggest reason for starvation is politics, since modern transportation makes it possible to transfer foodstuffs around the world. The big focus of a lot of religions back then was actually weather, pleading with deities for rain in season, and God is reminding His people that’s no problem for Him, if they would just listen to Him and be obedient. This has been a continuing issue throughout history. Jesus famously addressed it with, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) If we keep our focus on God and what He wants us to do, we have no worries about our needs being met.

This is something I have known from childhood, but the level of my “seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness” has certainly been variable. I was sharing with people just yesterday how our financial income level has generally been so low we haven’t had to pay income tax, but God has provided abundantly, often in ways that didn’t interest the IRS. I deal with people all the time who are anxious about their supply. I try to point them to God, but most often they can’t seem to believe He is like He is. I am to live my life as an example to all who see me, seeking to help them understand that God is indeed no respecter of persons, playing favorites, (Acts 10:34) but is gracious to all who turn to Him in truth. My prayer is that more and more people would repent and believe, opening their heart to receive God’s provision of salvation and everything else.

Father, You know my heart, and how You have transformed it to be more and more like Your own. I am indeed far more concerned with the salvation of those around me than I used to be. Thank You. You indeed “work in me to will and to do Your good pleasure!” (Philippians 2:13) I ask that You work through me by Your Spirit to bring more and more to repentance and faith, for a massive increase in Your family, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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