Week 2: The Promise of Provision

POA Family Devotion Sunday – March 22, 2020

 

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3

 

David wrote a powerful verse, full of great truth and comfort, but honestly, the comparison to sheep is not extremely flattering for us. Sheep aren’t known for their intelligence. As a matter of fact, they are very needy and in order to be of any real value, they require quite a bit of attention and care from an overseer, a shepherd. That’s not the way we like to see ourselves: needy and helpless. However, if this crisis we are living in does anything for us, maybe it will help us be honest with ourselves and take a good look in the mirror. We are very needy. We are basically helpless on our own. Over the last few days, we have seen the frailty of humanity and our inability to control even the simplest things of life. It’s ok to admit we really are sheep.

 

Although the comparison to sheep isn’t terribly exciting, the truth underlying David’s passage in Psalm 100 is worth exploring. If we are sheep, then we must have a shepherd and a caretaker. As unflattering as that truth may be, the good news is that God is our Shepherd. We are the sheep of His pasture. We are under His authority. We are His people. He is responsible for us. He is our shepherd, and He is our caretaker. There are things we need in order to survive. There are things we need in order to stay safe. There are also things we are simply unable to do on our own. The good news is, our Good Shepherd is our Provider, and He is responsible for all of those things.

 

Though we have a Good Shepherd, we still find ourselves worrying about the future. When we have very little control over the circumstances of our lives, there is a natural flow of questions that barrage our minds. How long will this last? What will happen with work? How long will the income streams continue to flow? What will we do if they dry up? How long can we live on the groceries we have right now? With Wal-Mart and grocery store hours shrinking by the day, will we always have somewhere to go if we need more supplies and food? More and more questions pile up every day and the answers are slow in coming, if at all. With all of these concerns weighing on us, we can very easily resort to worry and fear. After all, we’re just sheep.

 

Reflect: Over the last week, what things have caused you to worry the most? Why do you think those things are at the top of your list? What have you done in response to those worries? How did your response(s) leave you, or others, feeling?

 

While all of those concerns are normal human responses, there is a deep truth and promise that lays all of those concerns to rest. The Power of Promise is alive and well in these circumstances, and it is here that we see the Promise of Provision. David’s familiar verse doesn’t stop short. The Lord is our Shepherd, I shall not want (Psalm 23:1)! He is my provider! He is my caretaker! Since the days of old, those who have known Him and have walked with Him have called Him Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides! He has been taking care of His children, His sheep, since long before coronavirus made its way into our daily vernacular, and He is still fully able to keep us through all of this uncertainty! He is the God who provides! He is our Jehovah Jireh, and we are His sheep.

 

Do: Take the Word to your worries . Think about the worries and concerns you listed during the reflect portion of the devotion. You are now going to actively exchange those worries for the Word of God.

 

Look up the following scriptures and write them down:

Psalm 37:25

Matthew 6:25-26

Matthew 7:11 Philippians 4:19

 

Once you have written the scriptures, post them in your home and as a family declare, out loud, God’s Promise of Provision for you and your family.

 

Wrap-Up: Take courage, children of God! Take courage, precious sheep! Your Shepherd is still watching over you. He is still taking care of you. Keep believing in His provision! Keep standing on His promises! Trust and obey your Provider; He is in control, and He loves you.

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Over the last week, what things have caused you to worry the most? Why do you think those things are at the top of your list? What have you done in response to those worries? How did your response(s) leave you, or others, feeling?

Take the Word to your worries . Think about the worries and concerns you listed during the reflect portion of the devotion. You are now going to actively exchange those worries for the Word of God.

Take courage, children of God! Take courage, precious sheep! Your Shepherd is still watching over you. He is still taking care of you. Keep believing in His provision! Keep standing on His promises! Trust and obey your Provider; He is in control, and He loves you.