The Lord has cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalm 50:10). Every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord (James 1:17). We must not be anxious for food or clothing (Matthew 6:31-32). If we seek Him above all else, He will provide everything we need (Luke 12:31). He will give me everything I need to do His will (2 Corinthians 9:8).
I get this. I understand this. I comprehend that there is no lack for me, because He has it all and will not let me go without.
He has cattle on a thousand hills….but so often I want Him to put some of the cattle He has for me (in terms of money or resources) in my hands. I want to see those “cattle” in my own bank account, pet those cows on my own farm (or wallet). Be in control.
There are two things going on here, both for my good, though one causes me more consternation:
1) I CAN trust that everything I need is safe. No thief can rob God of what He has for me. No person or event can remove me from His care.
I love that. It is definitely best that He keeps hold of any treasure He has for me.
2) BUT that also means that I MUST trust Him. Just as the Israelites were given ONLY the manna they needed for each day, so I too am given the manna I need for each day. I have to be careful to learn from their story as a warning and not grumble in this time, but keep steadily amazed at His constant, daily provision.
So I don’t need to have the cattle in my own corral. I don’t need to see the numbers in the bank account be big and round and promising. All I need is to know that the Lord never fails to provide, and that I can rest in Him.
And I am content.