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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Learning That Only God Can Provide

In review of Romans 8:32 it says, “Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?” (TLB).

Bottom Line:
If God gave his Son, he will also give everything else we need.

What this means to me:
If God has given me salvation through His own Son, He will also give me everything else I need.

As I read Romans 8:31-39, I’m reminded that nothing can separate me from God's love. For if God is for me, who can ever be against me. Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for me, won't he also give me everything else? God himself has given me right standing with himself. I can keep in mind that it doesn’t mean he no longer loves me if I have trouble, or face calamity, persecution, hunger, danger, or even be threatened with death. If God gave his Son for me, he isn't going to hold back the gift of salvation from me. He will not withhold anything I need.

A major cause of stress in my life is worry. At times I worry because I wonder if I’ll have what I need when I’m going to need it. I must remember that anytime I expect others to meet my needs instead of God, I’m going to be frustrated and disappointed, because nobody can meet all my needs. Only God can do that. The cure for stress is to learn to look to God to meet my needs.

It can be really easy to place security in my job or money. However these are things that can easily be lost. His Word tells me that it’s best to never put my security in anything that can be taken away from me. For I can lose my job, health, reputation, spouse, and even my mind. But I cannot lose my relationship to Christ. When I put my security in that promise, I can trust God to meet all my needs.

Romans 8:32 says, “Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?” (TLB). If God loved me enough to send Jesus Christ to die on the cross, I can be assured that he loves me enough to take care of every other need in my life.

Every time I start to get stressed out, I can pause and say, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1 ESV). God’s going to provide. He’s going to take care of me. Instead of stressing out, look to him to meet all my needs.

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