Trust in the Lord
By Pam Morrison
“And my God will supply all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
I have always read those wonderful stories about the GREAT saints like George Mueller, etc. Mueller prayed when there was no food on the table for his orphans in England, and miraculously bread, milk, donations, etc. would show up. I have read those stories about countless other well known Christians. But who am I…a pipsqueak pastor from the Midwest who no one knows and who ministers in obscurity. Could I hope for the same? I wonder, and then remember…
The God of the universe is incredibly caught up in each one of His children. Is that not amazing when you think of the grandeur and the expanse of Creation? We can’t even begin to understand it. In a country sky we apprehend hundreds of thousands of stars twinkling in the vastness of the dark night, but blessedly, the thought may occur, “He’s huge but He is thinking about me.”
“Who am I, Lord, that you are mindful of me?” (Psalm 8:4)
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” (Psalm 68:19)
Well, like others, I have been trying in very real ways to help those who are at the bottom of the ladder in life and it is sometimes costly. I remember one night, seeing my resources dwindle and asking God, “Oh Lord, another $____ for ___________,” thinking that just that much would ease their burden. Within two nights, my parents called and my mother offered to send 20 times what was needed. I had not told them anything. I was stunned.
My parents are of that careful, WWII generation who still keep coin purses and 3% interest savings accounts! This was totally God’s stirring of their hearts to share so much, so spontaneously.
The money has come and gone, now, as there have been many needs for it from a number of places including our own needs, but it carried us in ministry for a number of months and I am humbled and grateful to our God who supplies.
“Everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21
There are so many meanings to those words, but God knows our practical needs as well as our spiritual needs and this precious, beautiful God will supply if we depend.
If today you are struggling and frightened, turn to Him in prayer and tell Him precisely what you are needing; not that He doesn’t know, but He loves your voice and you and wants you to feel that warm, safe feeling of leaning in on Him.
“Your heavenly Father knows what you need…” Matthew 6:32
“Cast ALL your cares on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Cast even the silly stuff, the small stuff, the embarrassing stuff – you’d be surprised how the Great Lord of Hosts will come flying to your aid. In case you doubt, remember this scene from Psalm 18:
“In my distress, I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-the dark rain clouds of the sky.
Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning. The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. He shot arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, Lord, at the blast of the breath from your nostrils.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:6-19)
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Rev. Pam Morrison is a pastor and freelance writer who lives in Kansas. She has served five churches, from rural to mega-church. Her husband is a grant-writing consultant and teacher. They have two children, one married, and the other a graduate student in Indiana. Send Rev. Pam Morrison your comments
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