God Will Provide

 

Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing. Psalm 34:10

 

Dear God, I know you will provide, but why don't you provide until you provide? Jewish saying.

 

THE EMPTY BASKET

 

When Palestine was partitioned, Maltar and his family were stranded in Jerusalem. Daily his family read the Lord's promises, such as those of Psalm 34. One day Maltar said, "Children, we finished the last of our food for breakfast. We have no money. We'll tell this only to the Lord, and I'll go out with this basket." So they prayed around the empty basket.

Maltar went to the bank, but there was still no money coming through. As he turned to go, he saw a friend from his hometown in the line. He'd left before the worst troubles and banked his money in Jerusalem. "Maltar!" his friend cried. "What are you doing here?"

"We were on holiday in our small house in Jerusalem and weren't able to get back home," Maltar said.

"Then you must be having money problems. How are you managing?"

"Fine," Maltar told him and left the bank.

His friend overtook him: "You can't be fine, Maltar, with nine kids to feed." He dropped a handful of bank notes into the basket.

The children, waiting at the gate, stared in wonder as Maltar returned with an overflowing basket.

David said, "Those who honor [God] will have all they need" (Psalm 34:9).

Why not claim that promise today?

 

Patricia St. John in "Finding God Between a Rock and a Hard Place." Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for May 13.

 

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