“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1, NKJV).
Many today are chasing the American dream, struggling to pay for it with every ounce of physical, emotional and mental strength they can muster. The dream often comes at great expense; namely our health, relationships, and finally whatever finances we’ve managed to set aside. Does this resonate with you?
Jesus said, “The thief (the devil) comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, ESV, brackets mine). It is a certainty; the devil wants to steal your peace and joy this time of year.
You are made in the image of God, with His blessing and authority, in Jesus’ name. Rather than living in stress, let’s shift our focus to that of living in rest. Rather than focusing on the need, let’s focus on the Need-Meeter. The Bible proves that God is the God of more than enough; the God of the overflow.
When thousands of people gathered to hear Jesus preach, they were without food. Jesus didn’t send them away, He simply asked what was on-hand – five loaves of bread and two small fish – clearly not enough to feed so many. Jesus lifted these morsels up to Heaven and blessed and distributed them and they multiplied. When the leftovers were gathered, there were twelve baskets remaining. (See Mark 6:38). Why so much? I have no idea and neither do you, but one thing is clear: God lavished His provision upon His people and because He is no respecter of anyone over another (See Acts 10:34), He will do the same for you.
Have you ever considered the examples in the Gospels are the way you solve your problems? Have you thought of holding up your small paycheck and blessing it, asking the Lord, that just as the loaves and fish were multiplied with leftovers, He would multiply your income to meet every need, including your Christmas list? When we learn to function with Kingdom perspective, stress has less influence in our lives.
Because we tend to burn ourselves out, when we “hit a wall,” it is usually then we approach God and make a deal with Him – “God, if You’ll help me out of this mess, I’ll do this for You…” God doesn’t want to be the last resort; He wants to be the first priority.
When we give God first place in our lives, we understand the importance of tithing and giving, praying and reading His Word regularly. (See Malachi 3:8-10). We then realize, God never meant for us to provide for ourselves, He wants to provide for us. Opening your hand through giving, just as Jesus gave the loaves and fish, is the act of faith required to see God open His hand with abundant provision available to us all.
Stress says, “There’s no rest for the weary.” Rest says, “And my God shall supply all your (my) need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, NKJV).
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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