Life Supplies for Christians
Unlike school supplies, God’s grace never runs out of stock. We never have to take a rain check. It’s always there when we ask.
It’s that time of year again when everyone is heading back to school. Office supply and discount stores offer sales and tax-free weekends as parents scurry to buy all the necessary things for their children’s new classes. The school provided us with a list of required items: a three-ring binder, glue sticks, pens, pencils, papers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, and dividers.
Everything proved easy to find until we came to the dividers. We spent over 45 minutes in two parts of Target desperately seeking them. The girls needed enough dividers for each class to create their binders. Finally, we asked a sales clerk where to find dividers, just in case we’d missed something. The store only ordered a certain number for the beginning of the school year. Once they were gone, they didn’t order more. We started praying to find dividers.
Fortunately, we checked an office supply store online to ensure they had dividers in stock before going there. Though we could not find the original dividers, we procured enough to allow the girls to organize their notebooks. Expedition over. School supply buying a success.
Just like children need school supplies to complete their studies, we need life supplies to finish the Christian race. Fortunately, God has fully equipped us for every need. 2 Peter 1:3 says “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.” (NKJV) No matter what we face, we already have everything required to live a godly life. We tap into our life supplies by asking God to fill our needs and digging into the Word where we gain nuggets of wisdom for our daily walk.
We also have the indwelling Holy Spirit who will guide us in all truth (John 16:13a, NKJV) and produces the fruits of the Spirit within us. Galatians 5:22-23 says “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (ESV) God’s supply of spiritual fruit enables us to survive all the difficulties we encounter journeying through life.
So whether it is dividers for a school binder, courage to face a difficult situation, or hope to get through a tough relationship, God will supply all your need. Philippians 4:19 says “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (NKJV) He knows our needs and provides for us according to His riches. Because He made everything, He owns it all.
And what He has never runs out. Unlike how the store only ordered limited numbers of dividers before they were gone, God’s supply of goodness and grace is endless. Lamentations 3:22-23 says “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (NKJV) Every sunrise God has enough grace for the day, no matter the circumstances. I pray we enter into His stockroom of life supplies through the Holy Spirit each day as we gratefully watch Him provide for our every need.
What life supplies do you need to ask for from the Lord?
What prevents you from asking God to fulfill your needs?
9/10/2018 11:45:32 am
It's amazing how we tend to have a poverty perspective instead of one of abundance! Thanks for sharing!
9/18/2018 05:23:15 pm
Yes - I am so thankful God reminds me that I have all I need in Him.
9/12/2018 12:50:07 pm
As a parent and teacher, your analogy brings back a lot of memories. Searching for "everything" on the school supply list was always stressful. But, you are right, we don't have to search for God's supplies, except to open the Bible and read. Probably what impedes me from accepting God's supplies is just "plain ole stubbornness!"
9/18/2018 05:24:54 pm
Yes - I can be my own worst enemy sometimes and fight the good that God wants to give me because it doesn't come in the packaging I expected. God is still softening my heart. We are all works in progress.
9/14/2018 11:03:59 am
Love this. Such a great reminder. No matter what I feel like I'm lacking, God has everything I need. Thanks for sharing!
9/18/2018 05:26:04 pm
Yes - God is our great and gracious Provider. :D
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Joanna Eccles has led Bible studies for over ten years and completed the year-long C. S. Lewis Fellows Program. She is passionate about discipleship and helping people know God better. Joanna enjoys coffee, traveling, and reading, and currently lives in Virginia.