And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
Do you believe God meets your needs? Why or why not? What do you lack? What do you need? What to you give thanks for?
The following story is about the 7th century English saint Cuthbert:
Once upon a time, the good Saint Cuthbert of Lindesfarne, went forth from his monastery to preach to the poor. He took with him a young lad as his only attendant. Together they walked along the dusty way. The heat of the noonday sun beat upon their heads, and fatigue overcame them.
“Son,” said Saint Cuthbert, “do you know anyone on the road, whom we may ask for food and a place in which to rest?”
“I was just thinking the same thing,” answered the lad, “but I know nobody on the road who will entertain us. Alas why did we not bring along provisions? How can we proceed on our long journey without them?”
“My son,” answered the saint, “Learn to have trust in God, who never will suffer those to perish of hunger who believes in Him.”
Then looking up and seeing an eagle flying in the air, he added, “Do you see the eagle yonder? It is possible for God to feed us by means of this bird.”
While they were talking thus, they came to a river, and, lo the eagle stood on the bank.
“Son,” said Saint Cuthbert, “run and see what provision God has made for us by his handmaid the bird.”
The lad ran, and found a good-sized fish that the eagle had just caught. This he brought to the saint.
“What have you done?” exclaimed the good man, “why have you not given a part to God’s handmaid? Cut the fish in two pieces, and give her one, as her service well deserves.”
The lad did as he was bidden, and the eagle, taking the half fish in her beak, flew away.
Then entering a neighboring village, Saint Cuthbert gave the other half to a peasant to cook, and while the lad and the villagers feasted, the good saint preached to them the Word of God.
An old story you say? Yes it is, but it still speaks an eternal truth. God will supply our needs! As things are getting harder economically we begin to worry. As our things are going away, and budgets get harder to meet and the needs keep increasing our faith wanes. It is a good time that we pray for faith – not just belief in God’s existence, but faith that God can do what God promises. God can!