Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Nehemiah 9:21 – For forty years you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen. (NIV)

I turned the key in my ignition. Nothing. I tried it again. Not a sound. That's when I remembered a sermon my pastor gave recently about how God provides for our every need. Car trouble certainly fell into the "need" category, since it was the only way I had to get to work and to tend to the needs of my ailing grandmother.

I sat in my car and wondered how He was going to meet this need. I called my dealership, and they sent a person immediately. After jump-starting my car, the man they sent told me that it was just a bad battery, and that I didn't owe him anything. The dealership would pay for the jump-start.

With my car still running, I pulled up to a repair shop to buy a new battery at 8:00 p.m. Their window sign said that they closed at 6:30 p.m., but one of their doors was still open. So I went inside to see if someone could help me.

A man greeted me and I told him my dilemma. He said, "No problem! I'll sell you a battery and put it in for you." I smiled and thanked him. Then I thanked God for being faithful to His word.

God can meet our needs any way He chooses. He didn't have to meet mine the way He did. He could have provided me with transportation to work via a co-worker or a friend. He could have done it some other way. He also could have provided care for my grandmother from someone other than me. But regardless of His methods or His timing, He has promised to meet our needs. What a comfort!

Prayer: Father, thank You for providing for our every need, in spite of our tendency to stray from You. Remind us to seek You continually, both in times of need and in times of plenty. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Lee Warren
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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