Bible Studies for Life Lesson for Sept. 20: God’s Promise of Provision
September 8 2015 by Bartley Wooten, pastor, Beulaville Baptist Church

Focal passage: Psalm 34:4-14
 
Pastor Bill White of California wrote an illustration that included a Super Bowl Sunday FedEx commercial. The commercial was a parody of the movie Castaway. The main character of the commercial was like Tom Hanks, also a FedEx worker in the movie whose company plane went down, stranding him on a desert island for years.
 
White said, “The FedEx employee in the commercial goes up to the door of a suburban home, package in hand. When the lady comes to the door, he explains that he survived five years on a deserted island, and during that whole time he kept this package in order to deliver it to her. She gives a simple, ‘Thank you.’
 
But he is curious about what is in the package that he has been protecting for years. He says, ‘If I may ask, what was in that package after all?’
 
She opens it and shows him the contents, saying, ‘Oh, nothing really. Just a satellite telephone, a global positioning device, a compass, a water purifier, and some seeds.’”
When I think about White’s illustration, I am reminded of the many Christians who find themselves on a “spiritual” deserted island.
 
They walk through life defeated and alone because of a particular circumstance or because of a stronghold in their life.
 
They feel helpless and fearful. They see no hope in the future.
 
All the while God’s provision is available to them if they would only seek His face.
Much like the FedEx man, he had all that he needed to escape the island if he would have only opened the package.
 
Perhaps you are feeling spiritually stranded. Let me encourage you to open the scripture and study Psalm 34.
 
It describes God’s wonderful provision for those in need.
 
Don’t waste years of your life trying to rescue yourself.
 
Let God meet all your need according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
9/8/2015 10:22:19 AM by Bartley Wooten, pastor, Beulaville Baptist Church | with 0 comments
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