March 18

Growing up in the ‘70s, I was raised on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They were an easy staple to throw in my lunchbox for school. Sometimes my Mom would change them up to peanut butter and banana. However, the best treat in the world that she would occasionally make was a Fluffernutter sandwich. That was a peanut butter and marshmallow fluff concoction that was definitely not good for me, but was so awesome that I still crave it every so often even today. But, you couldn’t use just any marshmallow spread. Kraft’s Jet Puff was okay, but not the same quality of flavor as the original creator of this delectable product, Durkee Mower’s Fluff. This Massachusetts company has been making Fluff for over 100 years. And, right on the back of their container is a recipe for Never Fail Fudge. You can follow their instructions using their Fluff and make some awesome fudge that always comes out perfect.

As Christians, we have a Never Fail God. This was the sincere belief of George Müller, whose 19th century orphanages in England were wholly built on prayer. You can read how over and over he would seek only God for his needs and God would supply food, money, and other needs for his orphanages. He is quoted as saying:

  • “Be assured, if you walk with Him, and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.”

Why did he have such confidence? Because he took God at His word. If the Scriptures said it, then he believed it.

  • And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:19

In the Book of Philippians, Paul is discussing here in chapter 4 how the church in Philippi can be equipped to endure suffering for the name of Jesus. Today we may be faced with some challenges and some hardships due to the health issues surrounding COVID-19 and the ensuing economic results that it causes, but as children of God, we can trust that He will supply our needs. And, not just some, but according to this verse, all of them. We know this because He never fails us.

  • “The Christian should never worry about tomorrow or give sparingly because of a possible future need. Only the present moment is ours to serve the Lord, and tomorrow may never come… Life is worth as much as it is spent for the Lord’s service.”—George Müller

This is what faith is all about. We boldly hand over our worries and concerns and let God be the King on the throne of life. He’s there on the throne anyway, so all we need to do is step forward today and live in the now. Let Him worry about the future as it’s in His sovereign hands anyway.

But, let us also consider just what our real needs are. We live in a world filled with so much wealth, material comforts, and abundance. However, the real needs of life would include shelter, food, clothing, and water. We don’t need much else in our physical lives. Spiritually, we need God’s Word, prayer, and our church family. So, when God says He’ll supply all our needs, just keep in mind that those needs may not include many of the things we have been accustomed to.

  • Mark 8:36 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?”

Hence, as Christians we can seek God daily for our needs and trust that He will supply them. If He is our heavenly Father Who loves us and wants to give us good gifts, then why would we not trust Him?

  1. You have areas where you fail to fully trust God (this is true because you and I are human and we often walk by sight and not by faith rather than the other way around). Think of some areas where your faith is weak: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. Ask God now, as the man did in Mark 9:24, to help your unbelief; to build your faith in Him.
  2. If you were to encounter some people expressing their fears about the virus or the economy, what could you say to them to encourage them to trust in God? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. And, what could you say that would bridge over to sharing the Gospel? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. Similarly, if things go belly up for our economy and times get financially tough, or if scores of people get Coronavirus and die, you may have people say, “Where’s your Jesus now?” How would you respond and still show them your confidence in Him? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  4. I know my repetitive focus on the sovereignty of God may sound redundant, but consider this—if you haven’t developed an understanding and faith-filled acceptance of His complete control, then exactly what are you placing your faith in? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. So, think of all the ways that reminding yourself of His sovereignty brings you confidence, security, and peace. List some of them here: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. Forgetting about His sovereignty is like when Peter took his eyes off Jesus when he was walking on the water towards Him. What are some ways you can keep your eyes on Jesus in both good times and bad? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Because He Lives—Gloria and Bill Gaither

1 God sent His son, they called Him Jesus;

He came to love, heal and forgive;

He lived and died to buy my pardon,

An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!

 

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,

Because He lives, all fear is gone;

Because I know He holds the future,

And life is worth the living,

Just because He lives!

 

2 How sweet to hold a newborn baby,

And feel the pride and joy he gives;

But greater still the calm assurance:

This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

 

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,

Because He lives, all fear is gone;

Because I know He holds the future,

And life is worth the living,

Just because He lives!

 

3 And then one day, I’ll cross the river,

I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;

And then, as death gives way to vict’ry,

I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

 

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,

Because He lives, all fear is gone;

Because I know He holds the future,

And life is worth the living,

Just because He lives!