“We’re depending on God; he’s everything we need.” Psalm 33:20
How simply put, “He’s everything we need.” But we need wisdom to figure out how to use the gifts he offers. God created the world to function smoothly, but through Adam and Eve’s temptation to eat of the forbidden fruit of the garden of Eden, we need more than to just show up and be taken care of.
I think of the massive inventions that have made our life easier. One of my favorite is the electric light bulb. Before flipping a switch for light, someone had to make candles and candle holders, produce kerosene for lamps, and windows for daylight. I’ve been in a few log cabins with only small windows and no skylights like I have in my home which guests are constantly trying to find a switch to turn them off.
What God did provide beyond wisdom is the ability to learn how to survive and how to invent. I think of the microwave oven–I’d replace mine in a heartbeat if it failed–because we not only live a pretty cushy life, we want everything fast. We have used electricity as if it were free and are now looking at alternative energy, such as the windmills springing up like massive been stalks in the sky and the solar panels popular in the Southwest.
All the technology and mechanical wonders can’t give us what we need most–his love, care, and grace free for the asking.
Thank you, Lord, for giving us everything we need. Amen.