Daily Devotional for Tuesday February 3, 2009
God's People Will Not Only Have All Their Needs Met but Many Will Prosper
God's people will not only have all their needs met, but many will PROSPER even as He judges our nation through the economy!!! I want to give you a word of great encouragement today. As God judges this nation through the economy, as more and more people lose their jobs, as more and more people face financial difficulties, I want you to know that the Lord will meet your every need. Not only that. God is going to PROSPER many of His children even in the midst of the economic turmoil.
We read about the judgment of God being poured out on the children of Israel for their sin and rebellion. However, even in captivity, even in the wilderness, God not only provided for their every need, but many prospered! My word for you today is that GOD IS GOING TO MEET YOUR EVERY NEED THROUGH THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS, AND MANY WILL PROSPER LIKE THEY NEVER DREAMED POSSIBLE!!!
Take a few moments right now and encourage yourself with these passages from God's Word.
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalms 46:1
"You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.." Psalms 66:12
"For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills." Psalms 50:10
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:26
"The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom." Deuteronomy 28:13
"So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant." Joshua 24:13
"If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment." Job 36:11
The promises in God's Word are true and they are for you and me. Is God going to judge this nation? Yes! I believe His judgment has started. Can we avoid feeling His full wrath and punishment for our sin and rebellion? Yes! I know in my heart that if we will repent, turn our hearts back to God and follow Him, we can escape the full fury of His wrath and punishment. I also know that if we don't turn back to God, we will continue to see his judgment unleashed on our nation.
For those who God has protected so far, praise Him each day, serve Him each day, follow Him each day, and trust Him each day to guide you through this time. God always has key people He has set aside to play a special role in the midst of His judgment. Through Noah He preserved mankind. Through Moses He led His people out of captivity. Through Joseph His people survived the great famine in the land. All throughout human history, God has had key people, most we will never know their names, who He has strategically used even as He poured out His wrath and judgment.
The Bible says it rains on the just and the unjust. The Bible also clearly teaches that even the faithful remnant suffers along with everyone else when God sends His judgment. However, for the people of God, we have the promises of God that even in the midst of His judgment He will provide for our every need, and many examples of God's people who prospered. Even during His judgment, we can know His peace, joy, and abundance!!!
For many who have and will lose jobs, God will give you new and better jobs. For many who have seen their businesses close, God will give you wisdom and favor to start new and better businesses. If you have been affected by the current economic crisis, rather than look at your situation with despair, look at it with hope, knowing that God has promised to meet your every need. What you are going through is an OPPORTUNITY to trust God and allow Him to not only provide for your needs, but show you new paths to prosperity- spiritually and economically!
My word for you today is to quit looking back, and look ahead. Stop worrying about the season that was, and start to prepare for the season to come. Nobody likes change, but change is part of this life. Now is the time to trust the Lord and let Him gudie you into this new season of your life. He loves you and cares about you and knows your every need. He wants to bless you above and beyond anything you ever imagined or thought possible. The key is for you to trust Him and move forward so that God can open those new doors, show you those new paths.
I love you and care about you so much. For those who God has spared thus far during the economic crisis, know how blessed you are and that God is blessing you so that He can use you to be a blessing to others during this critical time. The Lord always has key people He has protected to insure His work continues, and now is the time to realize that God can really use your life during this time of judgment. God's people understand their blessings are from above, and they have been blessed to be a blessing to others!
I know many people are struggling right now due to the economy. I want you to know that I am praying for you. God's promises are true and He will never leave you nor forsake you and will meet every need. Not just meet your needs, but He can prosper you as well. I am praying today that you will not be discouraged by your circumstances, but ENCOURAGED by them. Even though there may be many unknowns to you, there are no unknowns to God. He is still on His throne, still in control, and He loves you. He is not going to fail you.
The key now is to exercise your faith like never before. Be like Abraham and trust Him and His promises. Walk by faith and not by sight. Be faithful each day to serve and follow Him. As you do, the Lord will not only provide, but open wonderful new doors and take you down incredible new paths. Even as He pours out His judgment on this nation for our sins and wickedness, God is going to meet your every need, and in many cases, even prosper you in ways you could never have dreamed of!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller