July 3, 2012
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
A story was told of a poor woman in a village. She worked very hard to make life better for her son. One day, she saved enough to send him to the city for higher education. On the day of departure, there were lots of tears and instructions. The son assured his mother that he would work hard. He also added that he would send money home for her needs.
Weeks, months and years went by. The poor woman continued to live in poverty. One day as she laid very sick in bed, someone came to visit her. She bemoaned her fate. She recalled how her son promised to provide for her but never did.
“Hasn’t he kept in touch?” the visitor asked. “Yes, he did. He sends something every week,” the woman replied. The visitor asked to see what the son sent. The sick woman directed her friend to where she kept a basket. “These are the letters I received,” said the woman, “but when I opened them, there was no money.”
The visitor opened the envelopes. To her horror, each one contained a cheque. The illiterate woman failed to enjoy the son’s promise of provision. Due to her illiteracy, she continued a life of poverty.
As God?s children, He has promised His care for us. Paul, in his letter to the Philippian church said, “…my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Jehovah Jireh, the God Who provides, has promised to supply all your needs. “Needs” are the daily necessities of life, to sustain one. It is not the same as “wants”, which refer to personal desires.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught the disciples about Jehovah Jireh through nature. He showed how God cared for the birds of the air. “…they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” And the lilies of the field “…do not labor or spin. Yet…not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”
Jesus asked, “Are you not much more valuable than they?”
We are His special creation! Made “in His own image” (Genesis 1:27), the “apple of His eye” (Psalm 17:8).
We who are so extraordinary to Him, would He care for us any less than for the birds and flowers?
Jehovah Jireh — the God who provides. How has God provided for your needs? If you think you have missed out on God’s providence, could it be that spiritual illiteracy is the cause?
Take a piece of paper and begin jotting as many instances of God’s provision as you can recall. Then take time to thank Him. As the song goes,
Count your blessings, name them one by one.
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done!
Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.