1 Corinthians 1:5-7
For you were made rich in every way in him, in all your speech and in every kind of knowledge– 6 just as the testimony about Christ has been confirmed among you– 7 so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“The LORD’s loyal followers receive his guidance, and he reveals his covenantal demands to them.”
We worry about provision in a world system that requires payment for everything. Yet God says that if he takes care of the grass, flowers and a small sparrow, He will provide for us, too. Trouble is, flowers don’t spend well in our economical system and sometimes we don’t know how God is going to do it, but He always comes through.
His provision is vastly more than we could ever imagine and lasts for all eternity. What kind of God is that? The richest person in the world according to the world’s riches could not compare with the riches God has for those Who would call upon His name and be saved.
We were (past tense) made rich in EVERY way – but it might not always appear to be the case. Man looks at the outward, but inwardly God is at work in amazing ways. We received everything we needed when we were saved, but sometimes we do not perceive it.
When my kids were little, I wanted to instill in them a love of learning. I wanted them to treasure knowledge and wisdom, for wisdom opens our eyes to see the truth, and knowing God and His truth is the greatest gift of all. When other kids were getting electronics, my kids got books. When I would come back from Homeschooling convention, they would run up to me and wonder what devotion or new journal I got them. I pray that sticks with them their whole lives through. Knowing God is our greatest treasure.
When we don’t understand, we can come to Him and He will generously give us wisdom without finding fault. When we lack faith, we can run to His Word and to Him and He will give us hope. When we are weak, we can cry out to Him and He will strengthen us. When we are depressed, He gives us the gift of joy. When we are hurt, He comfort us. Once again we come back to the word, “relationship”. Access to these precious gifts He has bestowed is given when we come to Him and He does not withhold.
Lord, thank You for giving us everything we need, and most importantly – the gift of Yourself and Your only Son. Help us to be a grateful people, recognizing your generous provision for your children.