“The Lord my protector, provider, and leader… “my Shepherd!”

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Part of my Bible reading today during “coffee with the Lord” was Numbers 33.  It recounts, from Moses’ journal, Israel’s journeys, stage by stage – place by place, all the way from their exodus from Egypt, through the wilderness, all the way to the Promised land… in total 40 years!  40 years in which Jehovah God graciously and generously gave provision, protection, leadership and care as their “Divine Shepherd.”

I pay my grocery bill, I know how much in costs weekly!  Can you imagine the challenge of just providing the needed water for that multitude and their flocks in that hot, arid wilderness.  Protection from the heat in an area where daytime temperatures often exceed 100 plus degrees.  We have to buy shoes and clothes at our house like anyone else.  Then there are medical needs, the costs of insurance, and the challenge of minor injuries.  Add to this that flocks and herds had to be provided for on the journey… 40 years!!!  Did you get that? … all of that for each person in a multitude exceeding by some estimates two and a half million people for 40 years!!!

How’d you like to have that responsibility?

And then we fret about whether or not God can take care of us as His children – whether or not he has the resources to meet our needs!  Incredible!!!  No wonder Apostle Paul assured the Philippian believers, “And MY GOD will supply every need of yours according TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)  And in the words of Jesus Himself… “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles [those who do not trust God] seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you!” (Matthew 6:25-33 ESV)

You know what?  I’m His child!  And I’m going to take His promises of provision, protection and care seriously!  After reading Numbers 33 today I’m convinced He can do it!

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