It was 84 degrees (29 C.)in Orlando a few days ago. Yet, I carried my jacket inside the local movie theater. The interior is like an igloo. And the fact that I'm always cold doesn't help.

We walked in and ran into the friendly manager. As we chatted with her, I asked her, "Why do you guys keep the temperature so low? I think next time I'll bring my earmuffs."

She laughed. "The temperature is set as if the theater was full," she said. "Even if there are 5 people, the temperature setting never changes."

"Oh."

I put on my jacket as hubby and I headed to find our seats.

That night under my cozy covers, I had a comforting thought. Contrary to the one-setting thermostat at the theatre, God doesn't have one setting to His love. He's provision is unique to each of us, our situation and our challenges.

He doesn't give us less than we need. He's not a moment late or a moment too soon. His love is uniquely customized according to the emotional coldness we might feel on that moment, on that day or season.

Have you been there? As you read this, you might be in the ditch of hardship, yet He has the rope long enough to get you out. That's because He's so divinely aware of all our struggles. He knows the degree of our pain and has the exact amount of comfort. He knows the depth of our financial failures and has the perfect provision to lift us up. And when overwhelmed by life's trials, He has the right quantity and customized solutions.

So why don't we go through life carefree and with peace overflowing? Perhaps because we doubt His perfect provision. We wonder when, how and where He will bring what we need. And as He determines that, do we truly believe that He will do what He promises throughout His Word, including the one in Psalm 91?

"Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you...Then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways..." (Ps 91:3-11)

Father, I reclaim my peace as I know You will be my provider in the coldness of this world. You will bring what I need at the moment I need it. And You will exert your power enough to bring answers, perfect and timely. In Jesus' name I thank you, amen.

* What answer are you waiting for?
* What is your degree of trust?
* How can you be sure of God's provision?


Janet Eckles

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