The “one who casts something between two to cause a separation” (Satan) is coming against me with just the kind of thing Lysa wrote about in the Made to Crave Devotional–the doubts about whether or not God will meet our needs. God has continually proved the Phil 4:19 verse true. For years our God has met our needs. Why would He stop now?
I’m reminded of a friend who had to survive day-to-day. She told me God promised to give her DAILY bread. To her that literally meant trusting that she and her children would be able to eat the next meal.
Daily bread can be literal food, but sometimes it is other stuff, like emotional stamina or will power. But God promises to provide all my needs, and right now in this moment I have the provision for what I need. Instead of looking toward the journey that looms before me I’m convicted to force my mind away from the fears of whether or not tomorrow will be provided for.
Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow. We don’t usually have enough trust for the endless demands of the future, but we typically have enough trust for this one moment. Tomorrow I can ask again for the daily provision I need for that next hard moment.
In the devotion Lysa asked readers to fill in the following blank. “I need ___________ so I can be satisfied.
I put security in that blank. What do you put?
I’ll bet there’s nothing wrong with whatever most of us put above.
I said security. Feeling secure is a good thing! The problem is when I buy into the lie that I have to get that security at all cost. That I can never be satisfied if I don’t have the kind of security I long for. See, the only completely secure place is in God’s hand. Life will never be completely stable or safe or secure. My Father is my only unending, never-failing security.
Think about Your answer.
What do you think you need to be satisfied? Will that thing truly satisfy? Or does the yearning for it throw you out of balance? Make you worry?
Does it displace Him?
Lysa said the enemy wants to separate us from God BEST plans, PROPER provision, and PEACE.
As I work on this blog which will post in a few days, I feel this struggle, the enemy fighting to separate me from God’s plan.
I don’t want to “overspend, overwork, overeat”, or over-anything to fill try to myself up, chasing after desires that will never completely satisfy.
The only complete, deep inside satisfaction is Him.
I’m also convicted that “God’s provision satisfies the soul” and “Satan’s provision gratifies the flesh.” I cling to the thought that God’s provision in the short term will reap blessing in the long term. It has in my weight loss journey. At the year mark I’ve 55 pounds lighter. Now I need to that that daily quest to receive God’s provision into my new challenges. I pray to resist the enemy’s short term solutions because they will only bring long-term heartache.
It’s crazy how a devotional about weight loss can get so deep. But really, isn’t that why we overeat too often, looking to satisfy something that will never be satisfied outside of Jesus? I’ve given into temptation and gone to bed bloated and over-full, but not satisfied. I’ve done it literally with food. I’ve done it figuratively with other stuff.
How much better to ask for the grace to truly believe that my God supplies ALL my needs. I don’t have to grasp at anything–food or other–to try to stuff that scared, empty place inside.
Won’t you pray Lysa’s prayer with me?
I am reminded once again of how dangerous temptations are, because they invite me to meet my needs outside of Your will. Keep me from compromising and from justifying today. I know that only Your provision sustains life and satisfies my soul. I want this truth to ring loud and clear throughout my day today. In Jesus’ name