The Christian Public Servant – “the plans and provisions”

October 27, 2016 – Thursday

John 6:6-8 [NIV] When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward Him, He said to Phillip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him [Phillip], for He already had in mind what He was going to do.

I recently met an immigrant who had overcome incredible circumstances of growing up in poverty. Even though he struggled for necessities, he was given the gift of the love of Christ in his heart. While his situation did not change immediately upon coming to my country, God already had in mind what He was going to do with this man’s life. And through hard work and eagerness to learn, the Lord opened doors for this immigrant. What God had in mind was for this man to help children growing up in poverty in his new country.

As I get ready for work today, two things stick in my mind about this immigrant – his trust in what God has in mind and his confidence that God will provide.

It’s easy for you and me to trust what we have in mind and rely on earthly means to try to reach those goals. Busy schedules, intimidating projects, and families all demand attention. Being caught up in the noise of every-day life can lead you and me to think we are the only ones capable of handling the situation.

Is this not so?

Just like with Phillip, Christ has the plans and provisions. And just because you cannot see the big picture, does not mean you should hesitate to surrender everything to Him.

So as you go to work today, surrender all your situations to God. He is waiting for you to bring them to Him. And like that immigrant, know that Christ will provide the plans and provisions.

Yes, only He has the plans and provisions – for your search for work, your career, and your life.

Lord Jesus, You know the situations I face, and I know You have the plans and provisions to remedy them all. Even though I may not be able to see the solution, I trust You. Lord, You are the giver of every perfect gift, and I praise You for everything You are doing in my career and in my life. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Jonathan Lantz, MPA
City of Chesapeake
Chesapeake, Virginia USA

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