God’s Provision in Parched Places or Gated Communities

Isaiah 58:11

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places. 

Philippians 4:19

My God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 

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Diane and I recently met some new neighbors. Since we’ve moved to a new house in a brand new neighborhood, we have been anxious to meet the neighbors. We’ve met Charlie and Peggy, just across the street. We met SB and his daughters Mary and Linda, as well as a few others nearby. The other night we had a long conversation around our firepit with Richard and Elizabeth. Each of these people have unique personalities. Each of these people appear also to be fairly well rooted in their personalities and values. 

We know some are members of Lakewood United Methodist Church. Others are reportedly Baptists. One has a cross displayed in the window. But when you combine mature age with affluence you have the makings of self-sufficient stability. That’s good for social order and society as a whole. The danger, however, is that we lose sight of our need for God in such situations. The belief that God will supply all our needs is not as precious. God becomes a mascot; we are proud of him, but we don’t look to him for anything of substance.

Just last night, however, there was a murder not far from here. It wasn’t in our subdivision, but it was in the development of which we are a part. I believe this might be a wake-up call for people to look more closely and intentionally to God for needs like security, peace of heart, courage, and wisdom. 

We actually are in a parched land – though we disguise that by our nice homes, gated communities, and enviable lifestyle. We need God and his provision more than we know. I’m not worried about trying to change the Baptists and Methodists to Lutherans. I’m thankful for the cross in the window of my neighbor. I do, however, hope somehow to help people remember that God has what we need. That’s true whether we’re in parched places or in gated communities. Maybe I need to start that with my own intentional awareness of God and his rich supply of love, grace, salvation, and peace through Jesus Christ my Lord. How about you?

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