By Wendy Anne Clark
God reveals Himself as Provider (Genesis 22:11-14), Healer (Exodus 15:26), and the source of peace (Judges 6:22-24). He calls us to Himself, promising that in Him we will find all that we need (Psalm 23:1). We are silly creatures, however, and going back all way to Adam and Eve, we tend to look for all the things that come from God—everywhere but in the person of God Himself.
We want provision without spending time with the Provider, healing separate from the Healer, and peace apart from the Peace Giver. The truth is, however, that we receive gifts by knowing the Gift Giver. We receive blessings by sitting at the feet of the One Who Blesses. We are healed as we live in the presence of the Great Healer. There is no true peace apart from the One who is our peace.
It is only as we come to the realization that there is no short cut, no way to experience the things of God without experiencing God Himself, that we begin to see God move and work and reveal Himself powerfully as the Source of all that we need.
Psalm 23 (NKJV)
1The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord