You are Excellent
You are El-Elyon, the Lord Most High;
El-Olam, the Everlasting God;
El-Shaddai, the God who is sufficient.
You created the Earth and saw that it was good.
You have Equipped us with Everything we need.
If we wait upon you, you will renew our strength; we will mount up with wings as Eagles; we will run and not be weary; we will walk and not faint (from Isa. 40:31).
At Easter we say, “He is risen!”
Our brothers and sisters respond, “He is risen indeed!”
O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (Ps. 8:1 KJV)
Lord, help me to be Eager, and not slow, to obey you.
“Walk in obedience to all I command you that it may go well with you” (Jer. 7:23 NIV).
The right gear
You might be a camper or a hiker and you know the value of having the right equipment and supplies. Humans can only go without water for a short time, so water is a necessity when you’re going out in the wilderness. If you don’t have enough water, you need to be able to find it and then purify it by boiling it.
So when you’re getting ready for a trip into the wilds, you carefully list, lay out, and pack up all your gear because you know how critical it is to have the needed items.
You have your knife, you have rope and food and as much water as you can carry. You have warm clothes and a hat to protect you from the cold and something to wrap around your head to protect you from the sun. You have kindling and newspaper to start a fire with. You have insect repellant and sunblock as well as your first aid kit. You load it all into your gigantic backpack and you are excited that you’re just about ready to take off.
The moment has come and you pile everything into the car and head off into the wilds. You arrive at your destination, unload the gear and are pleased that you are able to hike five miles into the forest with your compass and other equipment.
It’s time to set up for the night and you eat some more of your protein bars and nuts and fruit, drink from your water container, and find just the right spot for your tent. It has gotten unseasonably cold, so you’re glad for that extra pair of socks in your backpack. You will feel better when you have your fire going, so you look around for dead branches that are dry enough to burn and you pull out your kindling and newspapers to help you get it started.
Getting it started—you suddenly realize you have no lighter, fire starter, or even batteries and aluminum foil to use to get it going. Boy, this is going to be a cold night unless you can do that trick of rubbing two sticks back and forth real fast until you get a spark.
Isn’t it a relief to know that God didn’t need a checklist when he was giving us all the equipment we need to live for him? He didn’t forget a single thing we would need, even though at times we feel like we don’t have the resources to handle a difficult situation.
But in Philippians 4:19, the apostle Paul says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (KJV).
All my needs—thank you, God!
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by Barbara Kois
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Barbara Kois is a freelance writer, editor, author coach, and corporate communication consultant. She was born in Mobile, Alabama, and her family moved to Clifton, New Jersey, and then to Illinois while she was growing up. She has three grown children. She has written or co-written eight books.