“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” Ps. 54:4
Sustains means: “To supply with sustenance, nourish”
Have you ever eaten just because you thought it wouldn’t be available to you later? Eating the last piece of pie even though you’re stuffed, because someone else might eat it first, or hiding the bag of Oreos or chips so no one else will eat them?
Going on a road trip, first thing to pack is snacks! Why? Knowing it will be a while before we can eat seems to trip a switch in us. We seem to lack trust we will have food when we need food.
Check out Exodus 16!
The Israelites coming out of Egypt, walking through the desert, started to complain. They said with their words, what we say with our actions of hording food, they didn’t believe God would provide their food. They said: “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
Seriously, back in Egypt they were being beaten, and lived in servitude to Pharaoh, but because they could eat all they wanted they were ready to go back! Amazing, but true, and is still playing out in our society today. We’d rather stay captive to food than to step out and see what else life might hold for us to do and to think about.
“The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.”
The bible says we are to trust God to provide. I look at the story of Elijah (1 Kings 17 below) and wonder at his faith to believe ravens, ordinary birds, would bring food for him to eat, but he did trust God. We are to trust God to provide our food as well! Maybe not an actual bird will drop McNuggets in our lap, but when we “inquire of and require the Lord” daily, asking Him for our daily bread, we then trust Him to provide, believing we will not lack any beneficial thing according to His Word!
“Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” 5 So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.”
“The eyes of all look to you, and you given them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” Ps.145:15-16
still more to come….