Have you had an experience when you thought there should be more? We can become so inured to relying upon our resources, that we can lose sight of God’s ability to give us much more. I had an experience when I thought there should be more than what I was initially experiencing.
Years ago I wrote a letter of recommendation for my wife, Jeanne, to attend a sewing school. I don’t know much about sewing, but I’ve written plenty of recommendations and she won a full scholarship. I attended the concluding banquet with her and was looking forward to the banquet since it was catered by Ruth’s Chris steak house. I had heard great things about Ruth’s Crist, but not wanting to take out a second mortgage on my house, I had never been. Jeanne’s meal was covered by the scholarship so my meal was $50.00 which was a good price for the two of us. When you go out for a good steak meal you need to prepare yourself. I had a light lunch and went out for an eight mile run before dinner – I was ready for some serious eating.
We had a choice of chicken, fish, or steak, but if I’m going to Ruth’s Chris I’m getting steak. I’m sitting at a table with Jeanne and six of the ladies from her sewing school and one lady got chicken and it was a HUGE piece of chicken along with garlic potatoes and some vegetables. Another lady next to me got the salmon and it was a healthy portion and now I’m really expecting a nice big steak. Then my plate arrived . . . there were garlic potatoes and some vegetables and under a small slice of tomato was a
I didn’t say anything but Jeanne knew what I was thinking . . . I paid $50.00 for this! Jeanne even gave me some of her
But as we go through life there is often a silver lining. The waiters took away our plates (meanwhile I’m still hungry), and they brought out dessert. They served us bread pudding, I usually don’t order bread pudding, but I was hungry. WOW – it was the best bread pudding I’ve ever had! So if you go out to Ruth’s Chris make sure you get the bread pudding! I was expecting more steak, but I was pleasantly surprised by the dessert.
Don’t lose sight of what God is able to do. In the Old Testament, King Amaziah was facing a challenging problem and he was relying on what he could do with his resources. A prophet came to Amaziah and informed him that God was able to do much more than he could with his resources.
Amaziah said to the man of God, “But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?” And the man of God answered, “The LORD has much more to give you than this.” (2 Chronicles 25:9)
Are you facing a difficult situation and you’re unsure about your ability to meet the demands? Remember that God has much more to give you. The Apostle Paul reminds us of God’s ability,
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
Associate Pastor – Discipleship. The Church at LifePark
Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University
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