By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
Last week I thought I was having problems with my computer. It wasn’t doing what I depend on it to do, as in downloading and uploading files – things I can’t explain in techy terms but desperately need.
Basically, I knew enough to know that I didn’t know enough, so I contacted someone who knew more.
“It could be your provider,” said the person in the know. “Who is your provider?”
Of course the question referred to my Internet service provider, but my attention deviated and I paused for a moment at the sudden fork in the processing path.
Who is my provider, in the life sense of the word?
Who do I depend on to provide for my needs, safety, and support? Who do I trust with my work and my future? God or myself?
In both technological and spiritual applications, my provider matters—that unseen essence in the background that makes everything work. The level of my connection to that provider is critical.
The answer for my computer issues that day did, indeed, lie with my Internet service provider. I’d used up all the data or information access I’d paid for and had to buy more. Once that matter was cleared up, everything flowed smoothly.
I’m so glad it’s not that way with God, my Life Provider. When there’s a glitch in communication with Him, the problem is never on His end. It’s always on mine.
Do I have a weak connection?
Have I substituted other input for His?
Am I depending on myself rather than Him?
With God as my Provider, I don’t have to worry about “using up” or maxing out on His provision. He is ultimately more dependable than anything man has invented and is endlessly limitless in His offer of access. About two thousand years ago, a rough-cut fisherman named Peter figured this out.
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3).
Everything we need. That’s what I call unlimited access.
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“Oh, God.” Her voice squeezed up and floated out to the countless stars. “Oh, God, help me. I’ve deceived others and myself as well.”
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