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Topic: Making Ends Meet (01/16/14)
TITLE: Provision Is On The Way
By Maria Lee
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How many of us are mindful of the words we say and understand the true meaning? Do we use phrases just because they sound catchy when we hear someone else saying it?
An “idiom” is a phrase with a combination of words that has a figurative meaning and is separate from the literal meaning. A great example of this is “making ends meet” which is a centuries-old idiom and can be found in a book written by Thomas Fuller, The History of the Worthies of England of about 1661: “Worldly wealth he cared not for, desiring only to make both ends meet; and as for that little that lapped over he gave it to pious uses”.
There are several variation of meaning for “making ends meet”, and the most common meaning: “ is to have enough money to cover expenses; to get by financially; to get through the pay period (sufficient to meet the next payday.
A great percentage of today’s population can testify that there was a season in their life, and perhaps some might be in the midst of a financial famine wondering how they are going to make ends meet this month. Even in today’s economic state, many of us are faced with the challenge of setting priorities to establish which basic necessity is more important that the other. Many are without jobs, credit card holders are struggling to keep up their monthly payments, businesses are not seeing the revenue they had projected in the last quarter etc. With all this, how does one manage to keep up with their financial obligations including feeding the family and maintain a smile on their face. Financial issues are monstrous weights for husbands and wives, and more for the single parent with two or more children. For some folk, making ends meet forces them to have two jobs which take them from their family time.
What does one do in these trying economic times? There are no quick fixes for anything, but there are answers that spring hope and a future in spite of` stressing oneself over making ends meet.
The good new is this, Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” God requires us to put Him first in our lives and to seek Him above all things. When we seek Him and His righteousness, He will show us what to do to fix the financial and other problems. Because He loves us, He wants to lead us to a better life, but our co-operation and obedience to His instructions are important.
Philippians 4:19 says “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We have this promise from God, and He is faithful to His word.
Jesus calls all who are carrying the burdens of anything to come to Him. Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” What comforting words. Jesus bids us to come to Him to unload the burdens of life onto Him.
When we turn to God with our financial needs, He promises to supply all we need. The supply may not come instantly, but by His grace He will provide at the right time. With our faith, we reach out to Jesus to receive the provision that will meet our needs and end the lack, for His glory and praise.
God’s assures us in His word, that His spoken words are already settled in heaven. When we speak them, we can be confident that He will accomplish what He promises. As we do our part as responsible people, without worrying about “making ends meet”, but rather have a heart of gratitude to God for His faithfulness while His provision is on the way.
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