Week 2: God Is Provider

    Day 14: Two Things You Need to Know


    We can be certain that God will give us the strength and resources we need to live through any situation in life that he ordains. The will of God will never take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.

    Billy Graham

    Our Hope

    Psalm 62:1-2; 7-8; 11-12a (NIV)

    Truly my soul finds rest in God;
        my salvation comes from him.
    Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
        he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

    My salvation and my honor depend on God[a];
        he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
    Trust in him at all times, you people;
        pour out your hearts to him,
        for God is our refuge.

    11 One thing God has spoken,
        two things I have heard:
    “Power belongs to you, God,
    12     and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;

    Our Insight

    Psalm 62 is a poetic expression of David's trust in God as Provider. He is the one refuge we can always depend on when nothing else in our lives feels solid. But how could David have had such unshakable confidence in God's provision? The answer is found in the curious expression in verses 11 and 12 ("One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard…"). That's an unusual way of speaking, but it's simply a poetic expression that basically means, "From all that You've said, God, there are just two things that I most need to know." Then David lists the two essential anchors of his theology: God is powerful, and God is loving.

    That's it. Those are the only two things we really need to know to have confidence in God as Provider. He is powerful, and He loves us.

    Think about it. If He was powerful but not loving, then we could only fear Him but never trust Him. If He loved us but was not powerful enough to be in control, then He might want to help us but would be impotent to do so. Here's the truth straight from God's Word: our God is all-powerful, and His love is unfailing. That's our Provider.

    So, in this pandemic season (and in whatever seasons come after), when you're tempted to doubt God's provision for you, anchor your soul to what is true:

    One thing God has spoken:
        "I am Provider."
    Two things I have heard:
        "My God is powerful."
        "My God is loving."

    Our Prayer

    For the first seven days of our 21 Days of Prayer, we meditated on the truth that "God is in control;" for the past seven, we focused on "God is Provider." Both of these truths are echoed in Psalm 62. Let's close this week by praying David's words as our own:

    Truly my soul finds rest in You, God;
        my salvation comes from You.
    Truly You are my rock and my salvation;
        You are my fortress, I will never be shaken.

    My salvation and my honor depend on You;
        You are my mighty rock, my refuge.
    Trust in You at all times, you people;
        I will pour out my heart to You,
        for You are my refuge.

    One thing You have spoken,
        two things I have heard:
    “Power belongs to you, God,
        and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;

    Our Gratitude

    Before closing this devotion, take a moment and bring to mind one thing—at this moment—that you are thankful for. And thank God for it.