God's Provisons, Transitions Series

Transitions: My Supply Chain Manager

Have you ever walked around a store and wondered where all of the many items in that store come from or how they get there? For example, think about a familiar place like Walmart. Every item that you “need” has to come from somewhere. You can buy chicken that comes from Tyson and they probably bought the live chickens from some farmer. Your toiletries come from a variety of places such as Proctor and Gamble or Johnson and Johnson, but even the ingredients in those toiletries come from another source. The point is every item in Walmart has to be managed as a part of the supply chain. Before items run out someone has to make sure that they are replenished. They literally have to manage thousands of suppliers to provide for that one store. Similarly, God meets our needs in this way. His word tells us, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NIV)

When I wrote the first message in my series on Transitions, Trampled On The Floor, it was about the end of one phase of my journey and the beginning of another; however, it took some time for me to get to that point. Along the journey, I was depleted in many areas of my life. My shelves were almost empty. I was running low on self-esteem, finances, food, joy and motivation among others; however, I never ran out. Just as I would get to a breaking point my truck full of supplies would arrive. God would show me that while I may not be eating the food that I wanted, He would not allow me to go without food. God brought people into my life that were a part of my supply chain. When I was running low on finances, there were people who would just put money in my bank account or in my hand. When my spirit was broken, He sent people to sow words of wisdom, motivation and encouragement. When I was physically drained, He provided a space for me to rest. He was concerned about the smallest detail. I remember one time I was so frustrated about my hair that I didn’t want to leave the house. Some people have bad hair days but I have hair tragedies. One of my girlfriends called and said, “I know what it’s like not to feel good because of your hair so I’m going to pay for you to get it done.” Incredible God! One of my greatest blessings was having shelter even when I could no longer afford it. God absolutely supplied ALL of my needs.

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? (Matthew 12:26-30 NIV)

Today I am grateful that during my transition I could plainly see God for who He is and what He does. I knew that it wasn’t my good looks, my charm or my wit that kept me clothed, fed and sheltered. It was really God managing my supply chain. He managed the who, the what and the how it would happen. What I do know is that what God has done for me is what He will do for you. When I stepped out on faith, I didn’t know how my needs would be met, but I am grateful that God had a ready supply chain. More than Walmart, He manages a supply chain for billions of people!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being the supplier of all of my needs. I am grateful for Your unconditional love and the people that You sent into my life when my shelves were empty and I needed to be restored. Please use me as a vessel so that I can be a ready supply for others. Thank You for building my faith during my season of transition. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to look at your supply chain. Take an assessment of your needs and recall how God has supplied each one. Take a moment to thank the people that God uses as vessels in your supply chain. Continue to trust Him even when you feel like your shelves are getting low. Know that just as you feel depleted God will send in a ready supply.

Did this EmpowerMoment make you think differently about how God supplies your needs? Share your story with us.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: I Got You

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

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Who or What Do You Put Your Trust In?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3: 5-6 NKJV)

Recently the job I had been working for the last few years ended and I went back to what I love to do—teaching in the classroom. I contemplated looking for a job in administration but I wasn’t really interested in doing that. However, not finding another job similar to the one that ended meant a pay decrease. As bad as the economy is, I was wondering if that was really a smart thing to do. My thoughts were: “How am I going to continue living my life and spending money the way that I like to?  How would we pay for bills, daycare, ballet, restaurants and SHOPPING whenever I wanted?” I  started talking to people,  instead  of talking to God (I know, I know), and they were sharing lots of great leads to better paying jobs and reminding me that if I needed anything they had my back.  

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6 NASB).

I was talking to a friend and I started to complain about how things were going to be tight and how I was going to have to learn to budget, save and cut back. I told her about the many bills I have and how I would definitely miss the extra money. I was instantly convicted and started thinking about Matthew 6: 25-27. “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” (NASB) I didn’t realize that I depended more on money than trusting God. Don’t be confused, I know that a man that doesn’t work, doesn’t eat but I didn’t know that my relationship with money was so extreme. I started to think about all the times I was so exhausted to the point of making myself sick because I wanted money so badly to do whatever I wanted to do.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:8 NKJV)

I really had to sit back and think about all the things and people I have trusted and I realized that my main resource is God. I reflected on all the times that I trusted people and they failed me and all the times I trusted in money and I lost it or had to use it for something I wasn’t planning to use it for. I had to ask God for forgiveness because I know that God is going to take care of me like He has done so many times before. I was worried about something that God had already worked out for me. We can trust in many things. None, however, offer the protection plan, the long-term security, or the benefit that trusting in God offers. All of the other things can fail but God never fails. Who Or What Do You Put Your Trust In?

Trust God in EVERY Area!

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for protecting me even when I put my trust in something or someone else. Thank You, God, for never leaving or forsaking me even when I didn’t look to You and I looked to others. God, I am asking for forgiveness for not coming to You for every part of my life. Thank You for being my strength when I was weak. Thank You for being my relief when I was pressured by life. Thank You, God, for being my refuge when I needed security. I thank You, God, for teaching me to trust You through the good and the bad times. Lord, I will never put my trust in anything other than You again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to put your full and complete trust in God. Trust God with your whole heart. I EMPOWER you to trust God through good times and bad times. You should never let your trust waiver or lose faith when you can’t see your way. I EMPOWER you totrust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6NKJV).” Believe and trust that God can do anything but fail and despite what you need; He will take care of you.

Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations and Proverbs 29:18 –  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.