Our memory verse this week is from Psalms:50:10. You have heard the verse before, I am sure of it. In it the Lord states, “For every beast in the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.”
Most frequently this verse comes up when we, as Christians, are faced with a need and are unsure that it will be met. Since my husband is in the ministry we are often told by congregants not to worry about our needs, because “the Lord owns the cattle on a thousand hills.” I confess that often this advice is unsolicited, and as a result I have often shrugged it off with “oh, yeah, I know.” For some reason when you serve the Lord in full time ministry it is assumed that you have a lot of unmet needs, but I digress.
The truth of the matter is that our God is good. It is important to remember that all things are under his ownership, and He will take care of His own. Money is of no object to our Lord, and He provides for our needs out of an abundance of resources. That is not to say that every material desire of our hearts will be met, it is simply to say that God will provide.
It is also important to know that God not only will provide for our material needs, but also for the needs of our hearts. In the area of finances God has tested many a believer with times of need. In those times we learn to decipher the difference between the wants of our flesh and the needs of our spirit. Depending upon the Lord is not only a test in faith, it is often a test in patience as we wait for the good and wonderful things that God desires for us.
If you find yourself today struggling, like many are right now, take heart that our God has not forgotten you or your need. He is working everything out in His time, and He will not forget or forsake you. He does indeed own the cattle on a thousand hills.