I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore. – Psalm 121 (ESV)
It is a theme in Scripture that our provision comes from God. It’s human nature that we want to rely upon ourselves, or we expect others or even the government to defend or provide for us. God is the One Who supplies us. He gives us our talents and abilities so that we can earn an honest living, and so that we can serve our neighbors with the gifts we have been given.
It is easy to get discouraged and lose hope when we face adversity. It’s hard to trust God when we can’t see him working for us. Yet the same God Who created heaven and earth does have our lives in His hand, forever. Even in the valleys of shadow- in the sickbeds, in the times of scarcity, in the times when others betray us, in the dark nights of our souls, Jesus walks with us.
We are guaranteed to have trials in this life. Jesus said that we will have to take up our crosses and follow Him, and sometimes following Him is not easy. Even so, He gives us our daily bread. He gives us the grace to persevere in times of trouble and to lift our eyes to Him in every circumstance.
Lord, give us the gift of faith to trust You. Comfort us in times of turmoil with the peace that only You can give. Help us to rely on You alone for our provision, our help and our salvation.