Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Families all over America will be gathering around the dinner table, as they would around a campfire, for Thanksgiving Day. Uncles will tell funny jokes, and grandmas will pass along family recipes. Mothers will be meddling in the lives of their single sons and daughters, and questioning why they have not met the “one”. Basically, a lot of talking will be happening.
While catching up with family matters, stories of amazing provision will be told. Now what is provision? Provision is the act or process of supplying or providing something. That can encompass many things. Provision can be receiving good news about a sick family member or receiving a needed job opportunity . Moments like these we remember and tell the world because we are overjoyed with gratitude. Some will tweet about it and some will do a celebratory touchdown dance, but in the midst of our joy or in mid-dance move, we must ask, “ who was the supplier of the provision?”
Those moments just described become stories that illustrate God Just-In-Time Provision. At one point in your life, God has shown you or will show you His Just-In-Time Provision. God has impeccable timing and we, as His children, get a front row seat to His provision. In Scripture, we are reminded numerously on how He provides .
Psalm 111:5 – He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
Psalm 65:9 – You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.
Psalm 68:10 - Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor.
Acts 14:17 – Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.
So this Thanksgiving, tell your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and friends that amazing story where God’s Just-In-Time Provision occurred. The next generation needs to hear how God has been actively working to fulfill His promises. A testimony of God’s provision can be powerful to a new or a mature believer.
In closing, please remember to share that story to your co-worker, acquaintances, and strangers who need God in their life. They need to hear about God’s love and how God’s love is demonstrated through His Power of Provision.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
We all have talents and abilities God has given us. We are equipped by God. Discover your gift, take care of it, develop it, and learn to use it to serve others.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
What is Grace?? It is unmerited or undeserved favor. We don’t deserve God’s attention, love, and mercy, but He gave to us anyways. God has giving us this grace that’s well…….amazing!!! It doesn’t make sense, at first, but His grace is fueled by His love for us. So, today let you day be filled with Grace. Show grace to your co-workers, family, and friend. Be led by God’s love.
“When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.” Luke 8: 27-29
Not a Pretty Picture
Mark 5 lends more information on the condition of the demoniac. In the lands surrounding Palestine, demonic possession in Jesus’ day was not uncommon. Demon worship and even dedicating one’s child to the Devil was not unheard of. Thus, it could be that this no-name person has been demon-possessed for quite some time. This demoniac is not a pretty sight. His arms and legs are most likely ringed with concentric layers of scar tissue, the result of repeatedly pulling at the chains that others used to try and confine him to this place of the living dead. Now free of those chains (Mk. 5:3), he tortures himself by gashing his body with stones. Some of his recent wounds might still be oozing puss and blood. From both a physical and a spiritual perspective, he is nauseating and repulsive to behold!
Presented by Martha Snyder, Executive Director at Idyllwild Pines Camp on May 22, 2012. The Perfect Rescue is a study of Luke 8:26-39. Jesus demonstrates to His disciples how they need to “get out of the boat”. While in theory we would all say we are willing to travel closely with Jesus, there are times when our fears can cause us to stay put in our own boats. We vote with our feet! Do we stay or do we go?
“They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, He was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.” Luke 8:26-27
Who got out of the boat?
As the boat finally reached the eastern edge of the Sea of Galilee and the bow wedged into the stony shore, we need to carefully read Luke’s account of this journey. It seems Luke is telling us that only Jesus got out of the boat! This is re-enforced later when Luke refers to only Jesus getting back into the boat (8:37). Mark’s account likewise suggests that only Jesus got out of the boat 5:2&18).
Did they vote with their feet and stay put in the boat?
While in theory we would all say we are willing to travel closely with Jesus, there are times when our fears can cause us to stay put in our own boats.