May 9, Thursday

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“The God of Provision”

Exodus 25:23-30

 “You shall make a table of acacia wood. Two cubits shall be its length, a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 24 You shall overlay it with pure gold and make a molding of gold around it. 25 And you shall make a rim around it a handbreadth wide, and a molding of gold around the rim. 26 And you shall make for it four rings of gold, and fasten the rings to the four corners at its four legs.27 Close to the frame the rings shall lie, as holders for the poles to carry the table.28 You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, and the table shall be carried with these. 29 And you shall make its plates and dishes for incense, and its flagons and bowls with which to pour drink offerings; you shall make them of pure gold. 30 And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before me regularly.”

When I look back on how we started our church, JCC, I am always reminded of God’s provision through the years.  Whether it is a church van, sound equipment, financial and human resources, it is evident that God provided everything we needed at the right time.  We still continue to pray and trust that he will provide for us as a church. Have you ever looked back at your life and see how God has provided for you?  

Continuing our look at the building of the tabernacle, we will now look at what is commonly called “the table of the Presence”. This table, along with the lampstand, was to be set up outside the Holy of Holies in the Holy Place of the tabernacle where the light from the lamps could illumine the table.  This title identifies the most important thing about the table – namely, what was on it. The table in the Holy Place held twelve loaves of sacred bread (1 Sam. 21:6) as well as various plates, dishes, pitchers and bowls. What did this all mean?

  1. We are utterly dependent on God for everything we need.  This is what the bread signified. Bread represented God’s provisional care.   
  2. God is the great provider.  God had been with the nation of Israel from the very beginning and met all of their needs.  Week after week, year after year, century after century the bread of Presence was a sign of God’s providence
  3. God’s fellowship with this people.  When the priest ate the bread, they were eating the presence of God, gathering around his table.  One commentator said it like this, “In the ancient Near East sharing a special meal together was an act of friendship and personal communion.  Thus, God invites Israel to share a meal with Him and enjoy him presence.”

Are you trusting God for provision?  Let’s trust that He will provide for us, as we are dependent on Him.  

Prayer:  Lord, we want to recognize that You are the great Provider in our lives.  Give us the strength to trust in You every moment of our lives. Amen!

Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 9


Lunch Break Study

Read Matthew 6:25-34: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Questions to Consider

  1. When it comes to the area of worry, what is the main issue Jesus is pointing to?
  2. What is the solution to anxiety over our future?
  3. How can we be comforted by this passage?

Notes

  1. The reason we get anxious about our life and future is because we lack faith.   We lack faith that God’s ways are best and that He will provide for us in His time.  
  2. The way that we overcome worry is by making His kingdom the highest priority (v. 33).  We seek His kingdom and we trust that He will add things that we need.
  3. We can be assured that God knows and cares for our every need.  He desires us to trust in and to seek the things of His kingdom.  

Evening Reflection

In what areas do you need greater trust in God?  Be specific and lift those areas up to the Lord in prayer.

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