God Will Supply
Proverbs 10:3, "The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked."
When Hudson Taylor was preparing to go to China as a missionary, he knew he needed to learn to trust God. He was working for a busy medical doctor, who told Taylor to remind him when the salary was due. Hudson Taylor determined instead to ask God to provide for his needs. He told the story that once he had not yet been paid and was down to his last half crown on a Sunday night. A poor man came to ask Taylor to pray for his wife who was desperately sick.
When he arrived at their home Taylor saw they had nothing. He knew he could help, but hesitated to give up his last coin. He knelt to pray with the family and later described what had happened: But scarcely had I opened my lips with “Our Father who art in heaven” than conscience said within, “Dare you mock God? Dare you kneel down and call Him Father with that half-crown in your pocket?”
Taylor gave the poor man his last coin, with which he was able to purchase food and medicine for his sick wife. Taylor returned home with empty pockets but a full heart. The next day he received an anonymous letter in the mail with a half sovereign coin—worth four times what he had given away the night before!
As children of God, He has given us the privilege to go to Him in prayer for our needs to be met. We can be confident that as we walk in righteousness, we can expect His provision. Do not let the fact that you have needs kill your generosity. Instead continue to give as God directs, and believe in faith that He will hear and answer your pleas for help.
Today’s Proverbs Precept: You can always trust God to meet and supply your needs when you cry out to Him in faith.
I hope you live daily trusting God to meet your needs no matter how great.
Your Friend and HIS,
PONDER & MEDITATE
1. Have you allowed your own needs to kill your generosity? What did Hudson Taylor do?
2. How can you grow in learning to trust God for your daily needs?