God, Our Great and Good Provider

from Lynda Lindsey

You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Psalm 104:10-11

From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart. Psalm 104:13-15

These all look to you, to give them their food in due season. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. Psalm 104:27-28

Creator God made all that was made; He also provides for and meets the needs of all He made. Springs gush; beasts of the field quench their thirst. Grass grows and livestock eat. Man cultivates the ground, bringing forth an abundance of produce: food to nourish our bodies, wine to gladden and cheer our hearts, oil to make our face shine with a healthy glow, and grain for bread to strengthen our heart. God blesses the earth, man cultivates the ground, and in turn, brings forth food that is gathered in. The earth is full of the creatures God has made. The created ones look to the Creator for food, and God provides for each one in due season. 

As long as we look to God for provision, we are never disappointed. Troubles arise when we look elsewhere for our sustenance, including our own self effort. God’s greatest and best provision? A Savior to forgive sins. Jesus, living water, bread of life, the light of the world, the Anointed One, willingly allowed His body to be broken for us and His blood to be poured out for us, to save us. God did this so we would seek Him, reach out to Him and find Him; we have His assurance that He is not far from us. The Lord God is merciful; He will not abandon, destroy, or forget His covenant with us. 

Our responsibility? Humble ourselves, seek God’s face while He may be found, call on Him, for He is near; experience His free pardon. Seek His strength and His face always. Pray, confess sin, come near to God and He will draw near to you, with invisible cords of love. Above all, come near in faith; come believing that He exists, because without faith it is impossible to please God. Seek God diligently, earnestly, believing that He will reward your search. Seek first the kingdom of God and all you need will be given you from God’s open hand. Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing; seek the Lord!