The Great Supplier
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19, NLT
After mentoring teenage mothers for ten years in Montana, I thought I understood their needs for respect, for help, for education, for hope. When I moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, I realized some young moms need much more. Some have parents in prison—they need one person they can trust. Some are still young teens and live with their boyfriends who are also barely in high school—they need to be taught about purity and second chances. Some live without central heat or air-conditioning and don’t have transportation or enough food. They need the basics of life. My heart aches when I see the many needs. I’m just one person. Thankfully, I know Someone to turn to.
Jesus loves these young women even more than I do. My heart aches because His did first, and when I turn to Him, Jesus reminds me I don’t have to struggle to help alone. He already knows who He has to come alongside me. As I’ve shared the needs of these teen moms with others, mentors have stepped forward; food, clothing and diapers have been provided. And with all of these things that are passed, out we tell the young moms that Jesus is the Supplier. Even when we aren’t around they can turn to Him.
The message was sinking in. Yesterday when I was giving a young mom a ride, she told me, “When good things enter my life I know they are from Jesus.” I have faith that, since she now trusts Him as Supplier, she’ll soon believe in Him as Savior. After all, that’s the greatest need Jesus has provided for: the weight and burdens of our sin. And that’s the most beautiful gift He gives us: salvation for our souls.
FAITH STEP: Consider Jesus’ bank account. Think of all He owns—in other words, everything. Let those thoughts of Him as Supplier build your faith. Once your faith is built, pray for others in your life who you know are in need.
Contributed by Tricia Goyer