The ultimate provision

ATD 18The Word

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” (Psalm 23:1)

Thought

A cold winter’s day in January concluded with freezing rain and covered everything with half an inch of ice and then several inches of snow. Tens of thousands in the region experienced power outages. Looking through the window at one point I noticed a sparrow eating from a covered bird feeder in the yard. The small bird would gather seed in its beak and then retreat to the covering of a  cedar tree limb. After a few moments the bird would again fly to the feeder, eat a few more seeds, and then return to the same limb in the tree. I watched as it repeated the process several times. I wondered if the bird was cold, but if it was it didn’t reveal so by its actions. Neither was it hungry nor did it appear stressed and fretful about the future. And I have a feeling it was indifferent to the electrical power outage.

We have as our protector, provider, and guide, the Lord God Himself. No other power exists with unlimited ability and resource to care for those under His watchful eye. The Lord is our Shepherd. He knows our actual need and nothing can prevent Him from meeting that need except perhaps our own foolishness to refuse His offer to be our Shepherd.

Prayer

Within Your divine design, Lord, is the daily provision for all You have called me to do. Each of Your tasks and assignments are accompanied with what is required for the success of the mission at hand and me within it. You are my source as I follow Your will, You are all I need. You are the Lord, my Shepherd. Amen.

“Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will.” Isaiah 50:4