I have the fullest and most complete assurance that God will supply all that I need. He will provide all my needs, in Christ according to His great goodness. How can I be so sure and how can I say this with such assurance and such authority? Because God’s Word is true. God’s word has never failed in the past, God’s word has never failed in the present and God’s word will never fail in the future, for He is faithful and true.
Equipped in Christ
A benefactor is one that supplies the means for a genius to do his work unhindered and a musician, master, or artist is thus enabled to concentrate on his creativity. A virtuoso is equipped to centre unhindered on his inspirational work until the final stroke of the magnificent masterpiece is concluded. Like the musician, the master, the artist, or the virtuoso we too have a heavenly Benefactor, and like them we too can be inspired to carry out the work He has for us to do. But God will equip us, in Christ, to do the particular work He has given us to do… so that the work and service He has prepared for us, will be well-pleasing to Him.
God is indeed the Benefactor of each of His own dear ones, and by means of His indwelling Spirit we too are enabled to carry out His plans and purposes. Oh yes, He has promised to provide all our earthly needs according to His riches in glory – indeed, as David so poetically pointed out – I have been young, and now am old, and yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. Psalm 37:25
But God’s benefaction and His gracious provision to us covers more – so much more, for we are called by Him to be His children and to grow in grace, in Him. We are then commanded to be His soldiers and to enter into spiritual war. I may be in the early flush of youth or I may be advancing in years; I may be invalided on a couch of sickness or I may be in the heyday of health; I may be imprisoned in a lonely cell or free to roam the wide continents – but He has a plan for each of us, and He plants or transplants us as He sees fit. And He calls each of us to be faithful in the place where He has planted us.
What is so strange is that many are called and yet so few chosen? Well, it seems that His call requires trust, and it requires obedience. It needs an acceptance that even in the storms and stresses of life, God will provide. It needs patient endurance, even when I feel I am a failure or unimportant and it needs an understanding that the gracious gifts of our heavenly Benefactor are not of this world. And though He will certainly supply all our needs here and now, according to the riches of His grace, God is working with eternity in view. God’s supply is for both time and eternity. IN TIME:- (either in this age or in the millennial age) and in ETERNITY:- (in the timeless ages that are to come). All His benefits, in time and in eternity are still future and we are called to trust Him and obey Him – like so many saints of past ages.
Cloud of Witnesses
There is an extensive register of faithful men and women who are listed in the book of Hebrews, chapter 11, and each one obtained a good report from God because of their faith – even though that had not yet received His promised reward. Does that mean that God, their Benefactor, withdrew His promise? NO! Never! But like the chosen in this generation, this faithful cloud of witnesses will enter also the city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Let us praise and thank our faithful God and join our faith with theirs as we pray, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in my life and in yours.
Bless the Lord
Bless the Lord O my soul… and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all my iniquities; Who heals all my diseases; Who redeems my life from destruction; Who crowns me with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfies my mouth with good things; Who renews my youth like the eagles. Bless the Lord O my soul… and forget not ALL His benefits. Psalm 37:14
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
2 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star.
29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
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