And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:10
Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. — Psalm 37:4-5
Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it. — Deuteronomy 10:14
To God be the glory!
God is our Supplier. He supplies all our needs according to His riches — He owns cattle on a thousand hills — to Him belong heaven and earth and all that is in it. Is there anything you need that He cannot supply? The Bible says “no”.
Sometimes though, we want. Does God give us our wants? Sometimes . . .
My husband and I are on a fixed income due to my not working so I can care for my Mom. My daughter is getting married and the plan was for a very simple wedding. Bride, groom, and two witnesses with my husband doing the ceremony. Well, my Mom and I are here now to celebrate this covenant marriage which means more family members wanting to be present and as word gets out more and more want to be a part.
Back to finances. I desire to make my daughter’s special day a precious memory and so to prayer I went.
Bottom line — God has supplied what is needed to make it a special event financially. I did a little investigating as to how much supplies would be and the store I went to has all wedding paraphernalia at 50% off. Is my God amazing or what?!!!! I delight myself in the Lord and He gives me the desires of my heart. Be clear that the desire of our heart is really the desire of God’s heart made manifest through us. Just as we give special treats to those we love, God sometimes gives us special treats too.
I commit my way to You my Lord and trust in You. Thank You for fulfilling this desire of my heart. To You Lord God be the glory!
“Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. — Luke 8:39
Do you have a testimony to share with someone today? Has God done anything for you today?
Sharing our testimony of faith is more than sharing how we came to know God through Jesus Christ by believing in Him and confessing our sins. It is wonderful to accept Jesus as our Savior but our testimonies of faith get better and better as years go by when we focus on our relationship with Jesus.
Walking with Jesus everyday and seeing how He is at work gives us a voice to share with others. If we are not drawing near to the Lord we are not seeing Him at work. Drawing near allows our eyes to see the things He sees, to have the mind of Christ, and experience the joy of the walk. It is hard to keep quiet when we are overjoyed by something. When awesome things happen in our lives we are quick to share the good news. It should be the same with our walk with Jesus. When we keep seeking Him daily we experience Him daily and so in turn we have something to share daily. The challenge is to be able to share something everyday.
Jesus told the man to return to his house and describe what great things God has done for him but he went proclaiming throughout the whole city. That is the effect of Jesus on your life when you are surrendered to His will in your life. You can’t contain yourself. You need to share the great things He has done. To God be the glory!!!!
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. — Hebrews 4:16
“Draw near with confidence to the throne of grace”. We can approach the throne of grace boldly with confidence, not because of us but because of Jesus Christ Himself, the High Priest who can “sympathize with our weakness, One who has been tempted in all things” just like we have except that He is “without sin”.
Jesus understands every moment of our lives, whatever we are experiencing. He has experienced the human pit falls of life, the challenges, the temptations, the sorrows, the pain. But He also experienced the joy, the friendships, the relationships of family. He is our wonderful Counselor. One who can truly counsel from experience. There is nothing that we could go through that Jesus does not relate to.
In His presence we find grace to carry on in our time of need. He gives all we need to continue on because He is our strength, our grace, our endurance. Without Jesus we face difficulties in life with despair and failure. With Jesus we face difficulties in life with hope and victory.
“The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, And said, ‘Destroy!’ — Deuteronomy 33:27 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever. — Psalm 136:12 Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes. — Isaiah 40:11
As I traveled cross country with my elderly mother who has just become a widow, has memory issues that incapacitate her at times, and really doesn’t like change, I was so grateful I had the everlasting arms of my Father underneath me. Right before I left I was keenly aware that I was a women traveling with another women alone across the country. You know, I never was alone with my Mom. We had Jesus all the way.
We sang praises in the car to His glorious name. Mom read scripture while I drove. The prayers of many saints were lifted up on our behalf and the trip was without incident. Over 2000 miles covering 8 States and not one mishap. Beautiful weather the whole way. Highways were clear of traffic, only slowing down for construction zones which is understandable because summer is the time for road repair. God expressing Himself in His creation. It was a blessed time and one I will cherish having spent it with my Mom.
I thank God for His enduring love, His carrying me at times when I needed it on this trip and being a place for me to dwell in peace knowing that He was in control and with us all the way. His mighty outstretched hand watched over us and protected us even when we didn’t know He was. God is so faithful. I’m so glad I’ve learned to trust Him.
What is our witness today that the Lord is God? Altars were built to God many times in the Old Testament — by Abraham, Joshua, Jacob — and for many different reasons and purposes. In this particular scripture the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad built an altar as a witness that the Lord is God.
Visiting Mt. Rushmore brought first to mind idols. Then I heard and read the speech by President Coolidge and realized that this monument is an altar of sorts to remind us of our country’s history, the sacrifices made, the people who worked to make America the land of the free. The monument is not to be worshipped but to be used to remember what America was, is and can become. A remembrance of hope.
It really got me thinking about what altars are in my life that remind me that the Lord is God. As I see the deterioration of mankind, falling away from the beliefs of God, from truly seeking the Lord who is God, I wonder if we should build some altars as a witness that the Lord is God. An altar of witness of the work of God in me — from who I was to whom I have become to whom God is molding me to be. The hope that is found in Him. What is your altar of witness?
“For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.– Isaiah 55:12
O the majesty of God seen in creation. Driving through the Rocky Mountains simply takes my breath away. The magnificent mountains looming up into the sky. Some mountains were covered so thickly with trees that so many shades of green intermingled to make a masterpiece. The branches of all those trees seemed to be reaching arms of praise to God for making them so beautiful.
This verse in Isaiah has new meaning to me now as I can understand the trees clapping their hands to its Creator. The creation expressing delight in their Creator. Did I mention the joy that filled my heart and the wonderful peace that comes when experiencing God’s phenomenal creation? I wondered if heaven would be as breathtaking.
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.