Thanks for returning to join us for today’s devotional in our Advent series on the theme of God’s “I WILL” promises.
In December of last year, my husband and I spent our first Christmas at our new apartment in our retirement community. Decades of shoveling snow, cleaning gutters and raking leaves had lost their delight, and I now enjoyed being able to watch snow descend without feeling any need to clear it away. We can walk to a pharmacy, a restaurant, the bank, my physical therapist and the mail room, all without stepping outside. If we need a new light bulb, a staff person comes to change it! We have everything we need at our fingertips. Almost.
Even the best retirement community cannot truly supply every need. Our new home cannot guarantee health or financial security. Meeting those needs is in God’s wise hands. Jesus promises us in Matthew 6:31-33:
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Perhaps you think this promise is only for super holy saints like Peter and Paul, but in Philippians 4:19, Paul assures us, “This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
Because God is meeting all your needs, why not look around you today and ask how God might use you this Christmas season to meet the need of a friend, a neighbor, coworker or even a stranger?