The ultimate provision

The Word

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


A cold winter’s day in January concluded with freezing rain, a half an inch of ice, and several inches of snow. Tens of thousands in the region were experiencing power outages.

I looked out into our yard and noticed a sparrow retrieving seed from a bird feeder and retreating to the cover of a  cedar tree limb. After a few moments the bird would again fly to the feeder, gather seed, and return to the same limb. It repeated this process several times. The bird did not appear to be cold and it certainly had plenty of food. Nor did it appear stressed or fretful. 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.


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.

“Give us today the food we need”


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