Posted by: Larry Hoekman | April 18, 2016

Jesus’ Words — Trust in God’s Provision!

Day 2342: A break from Proverbs for a 3 day series on trust! Provision, Protection, Procreation!

Scripture: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. The tempter came to Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Matthew 4:1-4

Thoughts/questions: There are various ways to respond to the temptation of Jesus, and for the next 3 days God2me will look at the temptation from the perspective of trust!

Trust – to have a firm belief or confidence! Jesus was asked about bread, but His answer went far beyond physical needs. Bread is foundational to physical life, but God’s provision for us is so much more than merely meeting our physical needs.

Provision – a couple of questions. 1) Do you trust God completely for your physical needs or has His blessing of success and comfort began to make you believe in your self sufficiency? The very poor Christ followers depend on God’s provision daily. We are to do the same even though not faced with a day to day existence.

2) Is your trust in God primarily earthly/physical? Or do you keep an eternal perspective and trust His word as your ultimate source. Again, some Christ followers whose lives are in danger realize that God’s provision is far more than physical and as martyr, Jim Elliot stated, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

May we all trust God’s provision for our days on earth and our future home in heaven!

Suggested prayer: Almighty God, You are the  source of All of my needs, both physical and spiritual! Thank You . . .

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