My three-year-old grandson came to live with us this past spring, and we’ve done our best to ensure he feels safe and secure inside the four walls of our home. We’ve established a daily routine, and he knows what to expect. When Grandma promises a snack after nap time, little man knows he will wake up and receive a big serving of sliced bananas.
Yet, sometimes he wails anyway and wonders, “Where are my bananas?”
“Right here, pumpkin.” I will rise up from the couch and retrieve what he requests from my refrigerator every time. Grandma promised, and grandma always keeps her word.
As I sit in my living room watching my little man gobble up every last morsel of fruit on his plate, I think about how much I resemble an immature child in my interactions with my Heavenly Father. God has promised to provide everything I need, yet sometimes I still question and complain.
I lack for nothing. God has completely covered my life with His goodness and grace, but I have a very short-term memory sometimes.
The Levites in Joshua’s day did not receive an allotment of land. God Himself was their portion, and they made a decision to stake their claim by standing on the Word of the Lord: “The Lord commanded Moses…” (Joshua 21:2). They believed God always provides what He has promised.
Just as God established a place of residence for the Levites on earth, He is preparing a haven of rest and redemption for us in heaven. Right now, we may wonder what God is up to, but we can trust He will rise up one day very soon to completely restore us and bring total redemption.
As we wait, the Psalmist encourages us to pray for God to enlighten our understanding: “Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.” (Psalm 119:27)
Rather than murmur about what I lack, let’s purpose to look forward and mediate on God’s marvelous work on our behalf. Remind yourself of these truths:
- I have been rescued from Satan’s domain and transferred into the kingdom of Christ. (Colossians 1:3)
- I am adopted as God’s child. (Ephesians 1:5)
- I am firmly rooted and built up in Christ. (Colossians 2:7)
- All my needs are met by God according to the riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
- Nothing can separate me from the love of God. (Romans 8:35)
- I am a joint heir with Christ and share His glorious inheritance. (Romans 8:17)
- I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm. (Ephesians 2:6)
- I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me. God is my Protector. (I John 5:18)
- I am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be completed. (Philippians 1:6)
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
The enemy of your soul wants you to think you lack and can’t survive. He is seeking to drive you bananas and fill you with doubt. Don’t let him rent space in your head.
God has promised to provide everything you need. You can count on God every time.
Keeping the Faith,
Lyli Dunbar enjoys singing silly karaoke in the car with her husband, digging into Bible study with the girls, and reading 12 books at a time. A writer, speaker, and Biblical Life Coach, her mission is to encourage the weary hearted with fuel for a wildfire faith. Stop by lylidunbar.com to grab faith fuel for your day or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.