The Lord - our supply
Updated: Dec 29, 2022
Lord, we are thankful for your grace today and always. We ask for guidance, revelation and power as we read Your Word In Jesus Name.
Today's lead Scripture for the day is from Philippians 4:19-20 AMP and it says;
"19. And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20. To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen."
If you are reading this right now, I believe we can both agree that this is a praise worthy moment - Praise be to The Almighty God whose grace is taking us through the end of 2022. This is the last Wednesday of this year. Despite the challenges we may have faced, we decide to be humbled by God's mercy, grace and love that has carried us this far. I love the beginning of Psalm 124:1 and it says, "If it had not been the LORD who was on our side..," you can fill in the blanks for yourself but most certainly, each day is a miracle.
Today's Scripture for the day ties into the story of Lazarus. The story of Lazarus is found in the gospel of John.
If you have never read the story of Lazarus, he had two sisters, Martha and Mary and Scripture also refers to him as the one whom Jesus loved (John 11:3). John 11:5 also states that "Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus". Unfortunately, one day Lazarus got sick. Jesus had received the news of his sickness and Jesus told his sisters in John 11:4 that "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." From a human perspective and understanding, there was hope for Lazarus' health and his family because Jesus said that his sickness would not lead to death. However, Lazarus died shortly after and by the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days (John 11:17). His sister Martha said to him in John 11:21-22; "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You."
This story ends with Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Often times, especially during this time as the year is ending, there is a lot to be thankful for and there may also be a lot to wonder about in terms of whether God heard your prayer or when He is showing up in your current circumstance/situation.
Friend, may I remind you that God's promises are timeless especially if we have to correlate them our personal schedules. Just when everyone thought it was over, when Lazarus died, God had already planned a future for him that was reflecting of His glory.
The year is coming to an end but God's mercy, love, provision and every spiritual blessing in heaven He has to meet your needs has not yet come to an end. There is no scarcity in heaven. He is more than able to abundantly supply, fill you up to the fullest by meeting all your needs when you believe in Him.
Another aspect of this story I marvel at is Martha's faith. Despite the grief and pain of losing her brother, the disappointment she felt that had Jesus arrived on time, it would have been a different story for Lazarus, there was still hope and faith in her because she believed God is faithful and that Jesus would still be able to do something if He asked God. When difficult challenges come our way, do we believe that God is faithful? Do the words of our confession align with the belief that God is faithful and is able to meet our needs.
I encourage you to reflect and remember the integrity of God. He is not a man that lies or changes His mind (Numbers 23:19). Friend, have faith in God (Mark 11:22) and His promises written to us as His children all over the Bible. Choose to wait on the Lord as His glory is always ready to shine on your life. The Bible says that those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31). Jesus is more than able to supply and renew us with His strength as we wait on Him regarding the fulfillment of our needs and His promises over our lives. It's not over until Jesus says so. On that note, I implore you to continue to seek Jesus.
For more about the strength that God equips us with, please refer to my previous blog post, titled "The power and strength of the Lord."
I conclude today's post with this Scripture in Matthew 17:19-20 AMP
19.Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked, "Why could we not drive it out?"
20.He answered, "Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have [living] faith in the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and [if it is God's will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."
Wishing you a blessed 2023.