TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, October 23, 2020:
The act of providing or supplying; an arrangement or preparation made beforehand.
Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me for three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, unless they faint on the way.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
When you spend time serving the Lord sometimes it becomes very demanding and draining. At that time, you either give up or get to the place where you know that the only way you can make it is if God intervenes. You will get to that place when you have exhausted all other resources if not before.
This is when Matthew Chapter 15: 32-38 will have real meaning to you. So, if you are at that place in your Christian walk and ministry read these verses now.
Great crowds of people followed Jesus. In this event recorded in Matthew 15, a crowd of four thousand people had come to hear Jesus speak. The people had been on the mountainside for three days listening to Jesus and hoping for healing in their lives, both physically and spiritually. Jesus saw that they were tired and hungry and He had compassion on them. They had not eaten for three days and Jesus knew their need. They needed food.
The disciples did not know where to turn to get the needed food. The disciples were with Jesus when He had fed more than five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. They had seen Jesus miraculous provision in the past in much of the same situations, yet they said to Jesus, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” How little was their faith? Jesus had cared and provided for the needs of a hungry crowd before, surely, He could be trusted to work faithfully again.
They did not understand what the apostle Paul wrote later to us that God would take care of all their needs (Verse above from Philippians).
God knows when we need resources to keep on going. He will give us the provision we need. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:8 that “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him”.
You have trusted Jesus for your salvation so why not trust him for the provisions you need to serve Him. God will always provide for your every need. All you need to do is trust Him.
Our memory verse for today is found in James 1:5.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.
Give me the faith today to trust You for all of the provisions I need to serve You. Open doors of service for me and keep me alert for the opportunities You give me to represent you to a world that does not know You as their Savior.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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