Sustained Supernaturally

What comes to mind when you read the words “Sustained Supernaturally”?  Here are several examples from Scripture of those who were sustained supernaturally.

  • Israelites walking through the Red Sea on dry ground . . . sustained supernaturally

(Exodus 14)

  • Moses with the Lord forty days without food or drink on Mount Sinai . . . sustained supernaturally (Exodus 34)
  • Israelites wandering in the desert 40 years . . . sustained supernaturally
  • The woman of Zarephath with just enough food for a last meal for her and her son . . . sustained supernaturally (1 Kings 17)
  • Ezekiel lying on his side for 40 days . . . sustained supernaturally (Ezekiel 4)
  • Jonah three days in the belly of a great fish . . . sustained supernaturally (Jonah 1)
  • Jesus without food for 40 days in His wilderness experience . . . sustained supernaturally  (Matthew 4)
  • Jesus and Peter walking on the water . . . sustained supernaturally (Matthew 14)
  • Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane sweating droplets of blood . . . sustained supernaturally  (Luke 22)
  • Saul at his conversion without sight, food, or drink for three days . . . sustained supernaturally (Acts 9)

I am sure you can think of many other examples, but I don’t want to focus your attention on the more remarkable examples in the Scriptures, but rather the ordinary examples in all of life.  Every one of us is being sustained supernaturally right now.  Your next breath is a gift of God.  Your next heartbeat is a gift of God.  Your next moment in time is a gift of God.  You are being sustained supernaturally at this very moment, and that truth should land afresh on your heart today and change your perspective in life.   

If God is the reason behind all of life—and He is (see Acts 17:25)—then all of life should be living for God.  What is stunning about the human race is that we are the only life form that refuses to live for the glory of God.  It started with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and it continues today.  We live for our glory and the expansion of our own kingdom, rather than the glory of God and the expansion of His kingdom.

But this is not for you!  The Lord cried out to His people through the prophet Isaiah:

You whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

                                                                                                (Isaiah 46:3-4 NIV) 

From conception to completion, and all points in between, God has, is, and will continue to sustain you.  God will sustain you in your self-centeredness.  God will sustain you in your self-righteousness.  God will sustain you in your self-focus.  God will sustain you in your self-absorption.  God will even sustain you in the area where you might think you don’t need it—in your success.  The sovereign love of the Great Sustainer will never fail, falter, or fall short in carrying you every step of the way until you get home.  Remember, His grace is sufficient to sustain you, no matter what you are facing today! 

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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