From Paul’s Pen

            We live in uncertain times with inflation and its impact on living expenses and retirement accounts. Coupled with rampant immorality and international tensions, we all need something to hold on to – someone in whom we can trust. Everyone reading these words knows who that someone is! Only God Almighty can supply our every need. We all need to pause and heed His words recorded in Psalm 46:10a – “Be still, and know that I am God.”

            It is so easy to focus on the negative news and fail to heed inspired wisdom: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

            There are several scriptures describing how God cares for His people such as Matthew 6:25-33, 10:29-31; Luke 11:9-13; and Ephesians 3:20-21 – to name a few. But a splendid example is given of God’s goodness when He came in the flesh and miraculously fed the 5,000. This miracle is so important because it is recorded in all four gospels – Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:31-44; Luke 9:11-17; and John 6:1-13. Please take two minutes and read this familiar account again.

            I want us to notice four things to encourage us – even in the worst of times. First, God is compassionate and sensitive to our needs. Secondly, no matter our age or our physical or social stature, God can use us. Thirdly, God can use whatever we have to His glory. In this case, five barley loaves – the cheapest bread available – and two “small” fish in God’s hands fed 5,000 men and an unknown number of women and children. Finally, God’s provisions are always sufficient. Everyone’s hunger was filled and there were twelve baskets of leftovers.

            Don’t you believe God understands what we’re going through? If not, let Him know through the avenue of prayer!