~ Jesus, Matthew 11:25
Every time there’s a need, God is there to fill it. But I’m not used to depending on Him that way. “God gave you a brain and He expects you to use it,” my father told me once. I’ve used my brain so hard for most of my life, now it’s bruised.
“God helps those who help themselves,” a co-worker told me once. “Isn’t that in the Bible?” she followed up. No, as a matter of fact, it isn’t. But Benjamin Franklin and some ancient Greeks thank you for the comparison.
“Do your best and God will do the rest,” another amateur philosopher told me.
Sometimes I simply don’t know what to do. Turns out, that’s perfectly okay.
We live in the realm of Demand and Supply, rather than supply and demand. And, as usual, this spiritual principle is in opposition to the way I normally think. I try to be first because I don’t want to be last, but Jesus said the last will be first. I strive to be perfect—exhausting and futile advice I heard from a pulpit once—while Hebrews 4:11 says I’m supposed to strive diligently to enter the place of God’s rest. It even says that not resting is disobedient. How’s that for a paradigm popper?
If my heart is weary from carrying a huge load, Jesus said to trade it in for His yoke. Which is a beam of lumber, not an egg. Picking up His yoke will give me rest because—get ready for another paradox—His burden is light. Sigh. Burdens are never light, are they? Don’t we call them burdens because they’re . . . burdens?
I’m supposed to give in order to receive, die so I can live, and walk by faith instead of by sight. And even if I can outrun a thousand others in a 5K race, I will only be strong when I am weak.
· The first will be last.
· Strive to rest.
· Put on Jesus’ light burden.
· Give to receive.
· Die to live.
· Don’t see to walk.
· Weakness is strength.
Because God will supply all my needs. According to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
I think I have a brain cramp.
The natural law of supply and demand means life is controlled by potential shortages, high prices and financial hardship. But God’s law of Demand and Supply means every need leads to inexhaustible riches freely given, freely received.
And that’s where the rub lies. The only thing left for me to do is strive to freely receive.
Sometimes when you’re between a rock and a hard place, the only way out is up.
All I know is I leaned against the wall a few nights ago, asked Jesus if He was here, and told Him I didn’t know what to do. And a few minutes later, as I sat down in defeat and played a few notes on an old piano, a whole family was enveloped in peace. Life demanded. He supplied. With riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
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