7th Jan, 2023
God is your provider
"You prepare a table before me." Ps 23:5 NKJV
Next time you sit down at your table to eat a delicious meal, stop and think about all the people it took to make it possible.
A farmer grew it or raised it; a food processing company prepared and packaged it; a trucking company shipped it; a grocery store sold it; then someone paid the price to buy it, cook it, and set it before you to eat.
There are many links in this chain, but the first link is God. He made the soil, the seeds, and the livestock. Without Him, you would go hungry.
That's why each time you come to your dining table, it's proper to "say grace," or offer thanks to Him. When someone sets food for your enjoyment and nourishment in front of you, common courtesy alone should require that you respond by saying, "Thank you."
Here is a memo from heaven: "Everything you have came from me. Signed: God." (See Jas 1:17). Perhaps you're thinking, "But I worked hard for what I have." Then you're to be commended for your work ethic and your effort.
But that's not the end of the story; here is the rest of it: "Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share" (1Ti 6:17-18 NKJV).
When God says be "ready to give, willing to share," He is simply saying, "Just as I have been the provider of all your blessings, now go out and share those blessings with others."
"Everything you have came from me. Signed: God."