God Gives Us Everything We Need
"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue." (2 Peter 1:3)
Do you think your mom has the ability to feed you every day at dinner? Does she ever tell you, “I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t get up the strength to feed you today”?
Does your mom ever send you to school without any clothes on because she just doesn’t want to buy you clothes? Of course not. Your mom wants you to get everything you need to live.
Your mom might be able to give you everything you need for living life in the earthly sense (clothes to wear, medicine when you need it, a warm house, good home-cooked food). But God gives you everything you need for living life both in this world and in heaven. God is more powerful than anything or anyone – He made the universe, after all! He gives you everything you need to make it through this life – including your mom! He is the ultimate Provider of food, clothes, home, family, and so much more.
But God doesn’t stop at giving you things you need to live your physical life. He gives you things you need for your spiritual life too – strength, faithfulness, love, and grace – every day. How does God give you these wonderful gifts? By the knowledge of His Son, Jesus. Jesus knows what people need. He lived on Earth, too. But God’s gifts to you come when you know Who Jesus is and what He has done. It’s not just knowing about Jesus. It’s knowing Jesus.
Think of it this way: You know that people live down the street from you; that's a clear fact. You probably don’t know every single person on your street. But you do know your mom. She’s the one that gives you all those good things. You know who she is and what she does. That’s the way you should know Jesus – as Someone Who can provide for you and Someone Who loves you with a love that never ends. God will provide everything you need to get through life, both physically and spiritually, as you come to know His Son more and more.
God provides physical and spiritual needs through Jesus.
» How does my mom provide for my needs?
» How does God provide for my needs?
» Am I taking time to thank God for providing my needs?
» Am I taking time to learn more about Jesus today?
Truth In Real Life
Anna B Warner
“Lord, if I may, I’ll serve another day!”
Anna Bartlett Warner, the daughter of a well-respected New York lawyer, was born on August 31, 1827, in Long Island, New York. In Long Island, the Warner family had been known for being very rich. But then came the Great Depression. The Great Depression was a difficult time in history. The stock market crashed, and the value of the dollar went very low. People everywhere lost their jobs and their money. Many people lost everything they had.
Because of their losses, the Warners had to move to their summer home, and Anna was expected to get a job. She chose to be an author – writing novels which became famous during her lifetime. What became even more famous, however, were the hymns and songs that she wrote. She wrote the following song for a little boy in Sunday School who was dying:
Jesus loves me – this I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.
“Jesus Loves Me” has become perhaps the most well-known Christian song in history.
When the Chinese Christians were persecuted they had no way of letting their brothers and sisters in Christ know that they survived. In 1972, some Christians in America received a strange message from their friends in China. The message said that the “This I know” people were fine! The Chinese police thought it was just a silly message, so they let it go through. The Americans knew right away that the Chinese Christians were referring to Anna Warner's sweet song – “Jesus Loves Me.”
Are you serving God with the gifts He has given you? Is Anna Warner’s song a good reminder to you that God loves you? He loves you more than anyone else ever could! Loving other people is a sign that you love God. Are you loving others today?
1 John 4:8 – He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.