Devotion 42

Is Your Soul being Fed and Clothed?

I find it fascinating to read portions of Torah and finding how otherwise context-based portions apply also to our lives.  One of those portions may be found in Genesis 28:20,21, wherein it is written: Ya‘akov took this vow: “If God will be with me and will guard me on this road that I am traveling, giving me bread to eat and clothes to wear, so that I return to my father’s house in peace, then Adonai will be my God.  The vow Ya’akov proclaimed is intriguing in that it is conditional – If God will be. . . .  How many times have I found myself making a similar vow – If you will only . . .  How many times have you done the same?

But Yahweh, our Supreme Sovereign, has made this promise to us throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.  For example, in Deuteronomy 31:6, Moses reiterates God’s promise to us – Be strong, be bold, don’t be afraid or frightened of them, for Adonai your God is going with you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.  Then, in Isaiah 41:10, Yahweh promises us Don’t be afraid, for I am with you; don’t be distressed, for I am your God. I give you strength, I give you help, I support you with my victorious right hand.  And then, in the Apostolic Scriptures, we read more of God’s promises to be with us and never abandon us.  For example, in Matthew 6:28-30, we read: And why be anxious about clothing? Think about the fields of wild irises, and how they grow. They neither work nor spin thread. . . If this is how God clothes grass in the field . . . won’t he much more clothe you?  Then, in the same chapter, from verses 31 and 33 – So don’t be anxious, asking, ‘What will we eat?,’ ‘What will we drink? Your heavenly Father knows you need them all.  Finally, journeying to Hebrews 13:5 we find a similar promise: Keep your lives free from the love of money; and be satisfied with what you have; for God himself has said, “I will never fail you or abandon you.”

Beloved, the question, ‘Is your soul being fed and clothed?’, is as relevant today as it was in the 30th and the 1st Centuries.  How are our souls being fed today?  Well whenever we read God’s Word, we are feeding our souls; whenever we thank Him for the many blessings He gives us freely, our souls are being fed.  And then, how are our souls being clothed?

To this question, Rav Sha’ul, the Apostle Paul advises us, in Romans 13: clothe yourselves with Adonai Yeshua the Messiah; and don’t waste your time thinking about how to provide for the sinful desires of your old nature.  Whenever we step out and step up in faith and trust, we clothe ourselves with Messiah, a euphemism for taking on more of His character.  How much of His character have you taken on this day?

CONSIDER:  Do you worry whether God’s promises to be with and care for us are real?  Do you doubt He is feeding and clothing our souls?

ACT:  Take the first step and read His Word, found in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament), particularly those passages which speak directly to His promises to His children.  Then, take the next step and trust Him in all He has promised you.  Focus on His promises and not your fears.

PRAY:  Dear Abba, my Beloved Yahweh, I need to receive Your promises in my heart, today.  I ask You to fill me with the peace of Your Holy Spirit, as I step out and begin/continue my walk along Your Path, in both spirit and deed.  In Your Beloved Name, I pray.