DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-06-04
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Philippians 4:18-20
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
BIBLE TEXT: 18 ….. Your gift is like a sweet-smelling sacrifice offered to God. God accepts that sacrifice and it pleases him. 19 My God will use his glorious riches to give you everything you need. He will do this through Christ Jesus. 20 Glory to our God and Father forever and ever. Amen.
OBSERVATION: I have a first-hand, real life, current experience that I want to share with you, that truly brings out the truth and promise in our Scripture verses today. I will make up names, in order to protect the names of the real people, because the emphasis of praise belongs to God, as indicated in verse 19 above. I wanted you to know without a shadow of a doubt that our God is real, and that He always does what He promises He will do! There is no God like our God, precious friend!
APPLICATION: While traveling to an appointment yesterday, I was listening to Christian radio. There was a preacher who shared from these verses, and he told myself, and other listeners, that a phrase commonly used by friends today to a friend who is going through a rough time is ‘Hang in there, everything is going to be OK’. Unfortunately, that was a catch phrase that I used a lot when trying to comfort someone experiencing a challenging time. In fact, I had just used that phrase to ‘Jon’ recently, as he had experienced a tragic loss. Like many of you reading this devotional, you may immediately feel sorry for Jon as you turn your thoughts towards him and begin to worry along these lines: ‘where would I possibly find the funds to burry a lost loved one, especially after going through months of unemployment due to Covid’. True to family loyalty, Jon’s family members had already chipped in all they possibly could, to help with the burial arrangements. But I was so touched by that sermon I mentioned above, that I promised God I would do my best to always respond with Philippians 4:19 instead of a vain statement such as the one I have always used in the past. This really impacted my life dear friends. However, I went on to my appointment with a thankful heart that God would supply our needs. In the meantime, God was actively working in the lives of His servants, the ‘Smiths’, to give of their financial means to Jon so that he would be less stressed about finances, and concentrate on the loss of his loved one. That generous gift was given to me for Jon under the understanding that it was from God, so that He might be glorified. I obeyed the request of the obedient servants of God by calling Jon and sharing the good news with him. He could only bow his head in tears, as my call actually interrupted a meeting he was having with his sister at the time discussing how on earth will he ever find the funds to busy his loved one. Children of God, and friends who may be sitting on the sidelines wondering if God is still looking out for us today, let me assure you that God was as real as He has ever been to me yesterday! He orchestrated the sermon; made sure I was listening when the sermon was played on the particular radio station I was listening to; His impressing upon the heart of the Smiths to give to this need; and then opening my eyes to see how this all played out – on a day that was extremely stressful for me. I believe that God had a purpose in sharing this with me. I have already had an opportunity to use God’s Word in communicating with Jon, and I am praying that God will work miraculously in His life, even through this very challenging time. In sharing this message with you today, I believe that God is passing this message on to you, knowing that you might need this today also. Be reminded of this awesome promise dear one, and know that God is able, willing and has promised to always provide for our needs. Please join me in placing your faith and trust in Him, the only wise, true, all-powerful, ever-loving, soon-coming King of all kings and Lord of all lords – Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
PRAYER: Oh what a Savior! Thank You Lord for Your sacrificial gift on Calvary! Thank You for gifting to us the Holy Spirit to guide, protect and help us along life’s challenging course each and every day. Just as You promised, You have proven that You will meet our every need. Thank You Heavenly Father for who You are, and for accepting even us as Your humble servants and Your redeemed children. Lesson learned! Please remind us each day to share Your love and Your gift with all that we may come into contact with. I know You are alive and that You have a place prepared for my fellow believers and I whenever You call us home to glory! While left here on earth, may we be careful to allow Your love to work through us for Your own praise and glory. Please be with ‘Jon’ today, and all those who are in need, so that You may be recognized, accepted and praised. AMEN!
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