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Everything I Need

by PAULA ROBERTS PROMISES OF GOD Contentment Health issues on the field Grace
Everything I Need
“His divine nature has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you can participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
2 Peter 1:3-4

“His divine nature has given us everything we need…” As I taught the first days in that Middle Eastern land, it seemed apparent He was at work: the words I needed to teach those national women came easily, their eyes held mine, and the interaction between us was deep. Even my prayer that God would quiet the self-doubt which usually badgered me was answered. 

Then, a fever hit. Glued to my bed, I felt like someone had injected drops of molten lead into my previously unnoticed joints. That same molten lead seemed to swirl in my brain as I rehashed the wisdom of traveling for days on end to this land rife with sand, women in black, and illness. 

When I was finally well enough to move from the bed to a filthy couch, my soul’s position still didn’t budge. In fact, it felt lost in a tangle of swarming black fabric, as word came that a student with the same illness gasped for breath. 

It was only His grace that prompted me that day to sit upright, drink tasteless coffee, and meet with Him.  

“What is the point of this assignment, Lord?” I asked him feebly. “Does any of this make a difference?” 

I was weak, but His Word remained strong and oh, so sure. 

“Blessed.” “Chosen.” “Riches of His grace.” “Purposed.” “Inheritance” “Promise.” The guarantees in Ephesians pointed me to the reality of His light as clearly as the Mediterranean could be seen from my balcony. Though the noise of endless traffic bounced through the apartment walls, the kitchen cockroaches startled me, and my body longed to lie back down, His promises lifted my spirit beyond the corruption of this world. 

Yes, physically I was sick, but the flame of His promises broke through the swirl of gloom and opened a path to walk in Kingdom Light. 

Yes, He was still able to “give everything I need…” 

Closing Prayer
Father, it’s only Your hope and Your Word that can pierce through the brokenness of this world. Thank You for the reality of your promises. Thank You for holding them out to us. When we are at our weakest, Lord, thank You for the surety of Your Word. Amen.
Article: What Does it Mean That God Choose Us Before the Foundation of the World? by Benjamin Merkle This article is deep, but it systematically reviews some of the gifts God has given us through His promises.
Question for Reflection

What helps you stay focused on His promises when life knocks you down?

Paula Roberts
January 14, 2022

We live in two worlds, the one we see and the spiritual realm, that are linked together in ways we don’t understand. In the situation I described above, what helped me keep my mind steady was to picture God pouring all His promises into my soul. Though I felt gross physically, I was able to dip into this “inner well” of hope, which left me full of joy and contentment.