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October 18, 2013

TISCIONE: The great provider


Paul wrote to the church in Colossae, “All things were created through him and for him… and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

Many of us think we are the center of the world. Much of our current civil leadership uses this erroneous thinking to manipulate the public. Even those who profess Christ live as though they are the center of everything and fall prey to this manipulation. Many look to the government to provide their needs. When men fail, and they will, the result is depression, anger and despair.

Unscrupulous leaders design systems purposed in making men dependent upon them. These leaders make promises that they have no intention of keeping. Yet they depend upon those who are already trusting in them to believe the promises and continue to keep them in power.

Our current state of affairs didn’t happen overnight. It took several decades in our nation for our elected leaders to convince many citizens that they are dependent upon government. It will likely take much time to reverse this trend.

In the meantime, God has ordained our current situation to teach all of us that He is the center of the world. He is the one who ordains the steps of men. It is His word by which we live and move and exist. He is the one who provides the needs of His people.

Whether you are directly affected by our government shutdown or simply one of many who don’t know from where your next meal will come, know that the absolute truth is your life is dependent upon God. Jesus told His disciples that their heavenly Father knew what they needed and would provide it.

I would be remiss if I didn’t say that your current situation may not change. Yet, please know that in the midst of your difficulty, God is with you. If you belong to Him, He has promised never to leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

Our nation will weather the current crisis. I’m certain that we’ll face another. I’m likewise certain that some of our leaders will usurp the place of the great provider. I urge you to know the truth.

God has revealed the basic fact of man’s existence so that we might submit ourselves to Him and acknowledge Him as the great provider.  

Lou Tiscione is pastor of Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA).

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