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Trusting His Provision

Sunday, July 25, 2010

by Dr. Paul Chappell

"The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah."

Psalm 24:1-6

Often, our selfishness and value on possessions stems from a lack of trust in God's provision.

Award-winning author Marjorie Holmes once took time to reflect on her attitude toward possessions, and wrote the following as a prayer to the Lord:

Help me not to put too much stock in possessions, Lord. I want things, sure. But life seems to be a continual round of wanting things-from the first toys we fight over as children to our thrilled unwrapping of wedding presents to those we buy in our old age. Our concern is not primarily love and friends and pride in what we can do, but things.

Sometimes I'm ashamed of how much I want mere possessions-things for my husband and the house and the children. Yes, and things for myself, too. And this hunger is enhanced every time I turn on the television or walk through a shopping mall. My senses are tormented by the dazzling world of things. Lord, cool these fires of wanting.

Help me to realize how futile is this passion for possessions. Because-and this is what strips my values to the bone-one of my best friends died today in the very midst of her possessions. She was in the beautiful home she and her husband worked so hard to achieve, the home that was finally furnished the way she wanted it with the best of everything. She was surrounded by the Oriental rugs she was so proud of, the formal French sofas, the painting, the china and glass, the handsome silver service...She had been snatched away while silently, almost cruelly, THEY remain. Lord, I grieve for my friend. My heart hurts that she had so little time to enjoy the things that she had earned and that meant so much to her. But let me learn something from this loss; that possessions are meant to enhance life, not to become the main focus of living. Help me remember that we come into the world with nothing and we leave with nothing.

How do you treat possessions? Often, our selfishness and value on possessions stems from a lack of trust in God's provision. God promises to provide for us, but do we trust that He will provide? Our attitude toward possessions shows our trust in God.

Psalm 24 puts possessions in perspective: "The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." Very simply, everything on earth is God's-He created it! Anything you own or anything you wish to own are already God's.

A correct perspective of material possessions would be to realize that God is the owner and we are the stewards. The things we call our own are in fact God's. Just as God trusts us to properly steward the possessions He gives us, so we must trust that He will provide for our every need.

Do you trust God for your provision? If we have a correct perspective of our possessions, we would trust that what we have is enough for what God wants us to accomplish. Don't fall into the trap of jealously desiring more possessions, but trust that God is in control of what you do and don't possess. He will provide for your every need.

To learn more about the ministries of Lancaster Baptist Church and Pastor Chappell, please visit lancasterbaptist.org, paulchappell.com, or follow him on twitter.

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