2010-10-22 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Read Jeremiah 17:5-8

My God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever.

-Philippians 4:19-20 (NRSV)

Since my recent retirement, my wife and I are learning more about budgeting, eating out less, and limiting our spending. Perhaps the word that best describes retirement for us is overwhelming.

Overwhelming, that is, if we leave God out of the picture. But we can be thankful that God remains constant. God’s faithfulness to meet our needs is the same as it was before I retired. God is not limited to our limited resources. After all, God sustained thousands of Israelites with daily manna. And Jesus told Peter to extract money for taxes from the mouth of a fish. (See Matt. 17:24-27.) Jesus also took five loaves of bread and two small fish and fed over 5,000 people.

Drawing on the images in today’s Bible reading, when we have the option of being a brown bush in the dry wasteland or a green tree planted by the water, our choice is a no-brainer. I particularly like the part in the reading about having “no worries” (niv). Because of God’s faithfulness, my retirement is blessed, not cursed; fruitful, not barren; prosperous, not wanting. God’s faithfulness changes overwhelming to overcoming.

Thomas Buice

(Florida, USA)

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness to us in all the circumstances of our lives. Amen.

Thought for the Day: Life is not about what we earn; it’s about what God provides.

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