Dec. 2, 2020
Wednesday of the 1st week of Advent
Isaiah 25: 6-10a
Psalm 23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5,6 – I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Matthew 15: 29-37
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
God wants to fill us with good things. In Matthew’s account, a crowd has been with Jesus for three days while he preaches and heals. Matthew does not say that the people complained of hunger, but that Jesus senses how much they are all sacrificing to be there. Jesus knows they need a good meal; he longs to feed them. They scrounge up seven loaves of bread and “a few fish”. He blesses the food and distributes it. The people are satisfied. There are even leftovers.
God provides for us with abundant provisions.
Isaiah tells us that on the mountain of the Lord, there will not only be delicious food and wine, but “juicy, rich food” and “pure, choice wines”.
God provides in ways better than we can even imagine.
What are you hungry for? Deep down in your soul, what is it you crave – love, peace, acceptance, recognition, safety? God wants to provide all that is good for us. If we come to Him with our needs and desires, He will answer. He may have to burn away anything that isn’t really for our good, but He will provide – beyond our desires, beyond our imagination, beyond what we can see.
True happiness – receiving the gifts of God, trusting that He knows our needs better than even we can.
Challenge – are you willing to ask God for all you want and need, and then trust Him to provide for your good? Even if what He gives you isn’t what you expected? Do you trust God to know your true good?