Psalm 145:9, in multiple translations:
“The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them food as they need it.” – NLT
“All eyes are on you, expectant; you give them their meals on time.” – MSG
“The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in proper time.” – NIV
“The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.” – ESV
“The eyes of all look to You [in hopeful expectation], And You give them their food in due time.” – AMP
Need (verb)- require something because it is essential or very important.
There is waiting required in the fulfillment of a need. The need does not just come and then a second later, the provision. There has to be a waiting period- otherwise our relationship to God the Father, the fulfiller of need, would be reduced down to an ATM / debit card. That’s not a relationship – that’s a transaction.
But what if your need is so desperate that the waiting turns painful? What if you can’t see your life past that unfulfilled need?
What separates agonizing and waiting is trust. Trust that the good Shepherd is tending to His flock and in proper timing will fulfill the need. This hope anchors our souls to what is true and trustworthy about our Father’s character. And furthermore, about our Father’s heart for us. And His heart is loving, passionate, merciful, compassionate, patient, kind, understanding, and caring to and for us. It’s in His promise to us. It’s woven into every fiber of our being, because He created us to be in His image.
God’s son, Jesus, operate his time on earth in unforced rhythms of grace. He didn’t have an agonized or anxious presence- why? Because He knew every provision would come in due time. He didn’t have to rush, He didn’t have to strive. He waited on the Father / and watched the Father provide.
Jesus was relaxed, because He submitted to the Fathers’ timeline and not His own. His non-anxious presence changed things for the advancement of God’s Kingdom, not the stifling of it.
I wonder what type of world we would live in if we as followers of Jesus made the hard yet necessary step of submitting to God’s timeline rather than our own, like Jesus did.
I wonder if anxiety and inpatience would cease to exist, and rather the ushering in of Heaven in the form of contentment and gratitude would come.
I wonder if just one follower of Jesus could be this shift in atmosphere.
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