Restocking Our Shelves
Ever gone to the grocery store when snow is predicted? Not sure how it is in your neighborhood, but in the South you'll likely find empty shelves—especially in the dairy aisle.
It doesn't take an impending storm for my internal shelves to get depleted. Just the day-to-day interactions with fallen people on a fallen planet will clean me out of all reserves of hope, confidence, and energy.
Some days I feel the need for a semitruck to pull up to my backdoor and unload, among other things, a whole case of Reason-To-Go-On. I would also need an Expert who could stock all the shelves of my heart so that each product is on just the right level for me to give to those in need.
But in reality, I don't need a semi to pull up to my loading dock. My "store" is actually in the middle of the most complete warehouse for it is "in Him we live, and move, and have our being." (Acts 17:28) And He provided me with an intercom that works perfectly without disturbing any of the shoppers who come to me for help. "Delivery needed, Father. Please send a fresh supply for the Hope Department."
Even before we ask, the God of hope stands ready to fill us "with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." (Romans 15:13)
Need more than hope? "God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Feeling depleted in all areas? "My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)
Never hesitate to use your intercom. "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32)
When your students, co-workers, family, and friends all seem needy; when all seem to want a piece of you, remember what Jesus told His followers. "Freely ye have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:8)
Today—and every day—God’s warehouse is always open. And the intercom always works.