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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Trusting God to Act and Provide

In review of Psalm 37:25 it says, “As long as I can remember, good people have never been left helpless, and their children have never gone begging for food.”

Bottom Line:
God never forsakes the righteous, nor leaves their children begging for food.

What this means to me:
Good and righteous people have never been abandoned or left helpless, nor have their children gone hungry.

Today's verse comes from Psalm 37. In it David tells us to trust in the Lord and wait patiently for him to act. He also tells us that we should never envy evil people, even though some may be extremely popular or excessively rich. No matter how much they have, their possessions will fade and vanish like grass that withers and dies. David also calls me to take delight in the Lord and to commit everything I do to him.

The person in whom God delights is one who follows God, trusts him, and tries to do his will. God watches over and makes firm every step that person takes. To get God's direction, then seek his advice before I step out.

In David's day, Israel obeyed God's laws that ensured the poor were treated fairly and mercifully. As long as Israel was obedient, food would be available for everyone. When Israel forgot God, the rich took care only of themselves, and the poor suffered.

When I see a brother or sister suffering today, I can respond in one of three ways: (1) I can say, as Job's friends did, that those who suffer brought it on themselves. (2) I can say that this is a test to help the poor develop more patience and trust in God. (3) I can help those who are in need. David would approve of only the last option.

If someone has a need I can meet, I should help them out. Give what is due to God (a tithe) and then enjoy the rest. God gives us a harvest of abundance, not so we can hoard it but so that we can share it. He gives us the provision so that we can live a rich and full life in Him.

Live in the here and now without fear of tomorrow. Be anxious for nothing! Don’t base my happiness on some future event that may or may not ever take place. No one is promised tomorrow. Make the most of today; God has already taken care of all of my tomorrows.

I can store up treasures in heaven by tithing, sharing the love of the Lord, and following His commands. Do I own my possessions or do my possessions own me? Seek first the Kingdom, and all of these things will be added unto me.