“I am holding you by your right hand--I, the LORD your God.”
~ Isaiah 41:13a (TLB)
Millie Stamm related a story about a man of God and his banker. The story went like this: “One time a man of God was in great need for a trip he had to make. His banker came to see him and slipped a folded paper into his hand. When the man looked at it he saw a check with no amount filled in. Are you giving me a blank check...He asked. Yes, said his banker. Fill it in for whatever your needs may be. All the resources of his banker were at his disposal.” The man of God had a great need, and the banker was the Lord's chosen person to convey His work.
All believers have their own personal banker, and that is the Lord. He is the passageway to abundant treasures in the Bible. But, His people often neglect to quickly recall just who the Lord is in matters of their spiritual life. Ponder awhile to seek out who the Lord is to you.
You may want to turn your thoughts to Psalm 23:1. It states: “The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.”. Paul depended upon the Shepherd to supply his needs. For example, the Shepherd supplied to Paul not only his spiritual needs, but also his nonspiritual needs. The Lord provided to Paul, who was in prison, through the common people in Philippi who were Paul's “dear brothers and sisters”. They sent “gifts” to him. In a personal letter, written to the Christians in Philippi, Paul stated: “At the moment I have all I need--more than I need! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me...This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches...”. This same Shepherd will take care of you also.
David learned about the Lord through the events in his life. In I Samuel, II Samuel, and the Psalms he presents many examples of who the Lord is to him. A few examples are: God is his refuge; God is his helper; and God is faithful.
In Hebrew the name of the LORD is “Yahweh Shalom”, which means the LORD Is Peace. In John, Jesus stated that He was leaving a gift. That gift is “peace of mind and heart”. He stated that His peace is unlike the peace that the world presents. The peace of Christ provides to you a deep and lasting peace. This is a magnificent gift.
To know who the Lord is to you, be sure to spend special time with the Shepherd. Accept His gift of peace into your heart and soul. Allow Him to be your place of refuge and your helper. The same God who took care of Paul will also take care of you. Be willing to render assistance similar to the examples of the banker and Paul's “brothers and sisters” in Philippi. Remain secure in the knowledge that the Lord is watching over you, and holding you by your right hand. The Lord is “always with you”.
Lord God, thank You for being our Shepherd. Amen.In Jesus,
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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.