This morning as I began my prayer and study time, I began with God as I always do. But this time I thought of God as not only the Creator, but the only Cause and Effect, the only Supply, Health, Substance, the Maintainer of our Life and our guide and Shepherd. The more I thought along these lines, fear became non-existent and almost, absurd! If we are made in God’s likeness and image we have access to all Good. When we take responsibility for our thinking and immediately recognize what does not come from God, we can refute erroneous thinking and replace it with a Truth, knowing the allness of God and the nothingness of error.
1 Timothy 6:15 reads “Which God will bring about in His own time –God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” When we quieten our thoughts and go into the closet to pray and simply listen; that is truly prayer.
Many years ago I sold gold jewelry and my first purchase found gold at $100 an ounce. During the years gold went up to almost $2,000 an ounce. It was sold through home parties, fund raisers and gifts through Board Rooms at large corporations and was often very profitable. Trying to keep pricing competitive but also making a profit was quite tricky and at times, impossible. There were times I would almost sell out of my inventory which was good, but more expensive to replace certain items. Then, I would have to think about pricing increases. At that time, it would have never occurred to me to pray about this, but still God looked after me.
It took years before realizing my Good comes from God and I certainly could not outline humanly my profit margins. Gratitude is expressed daily and is foremost in my thoughts as I glance back and see my every human need has been met by God and I know it will continue to be. Thank you, Father.
Psalm 105:4 states “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek His face always.”
“God’s mother love broods over all! Have I necessities His love will not supply who measures not one need as great or small, but even tends the sparrow at its fall? God’s mother love my strength will ever be which tends us both alike–the bird and me!”
Althea Brooks Hollenbeck
This morning as I was thinking about supply, I thought how easy it is for us to believe that it comes from our employment, or spouse or some other entity other than God. The Truth is that gratitude is riches and that becomes apparent as we become more prosperous when we become more grateful for the good we already have.
The very last verse of II Kings reads “And his allowance, a continual one, was given him by the king, every day a portion, for the rest of his life.” So often, I replace “his” and “him” with “me” and “my”. This can also replace the fear of a belief of lack in our thinking.
So often it is tempting to think our supply is limited, when, in fact, it is omnipresent and unlimited. One may think that his supply comes from an employer, a spouse, an inheritance, etc. but that is only when our thoughts are closed and negative. When Jesus was asked about paying taxes, Matthew 17:27 reads, “Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou has opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.” That, to me, shows me that our supply can come from any place when we fill our thoughts with gratitude. Gratitude brings riches, not just sometime but all the time! Today I will be grateful for everything.
II Kings 4:6 states, “And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.” This was pointed out by Elisha, a man of God to show the woman that if her thought stayed on Good, God her supply would never dry up. This is true today just as much as in Biblical times. What our focus is on, multiplies!