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“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.  Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds” (2 Timothy 4:13-14).

How human and ordinary Paul is.  “Bring my cloak.”  We each have needs and sometimes we forget how blessed we are.  In our day we would have someone run to Walmart and get us a jacket.  Paul needs something that is not so readily available.  Be thankful for your circumstances and know that in the Lord there is nothing but hope and an eternal future.  He does provide.

Lord, guide me in the way of goodness.  Help me understand that in You is all hope.  You have so abundantly provided for our every need.  Paul was not complaining that He owned only one jacket.  We, who have so much abundance, are still not satisfied.  That is because only in You can we be satisfied.  Lead me, Lord, to see that in You is all hope and an eternal future.

Lord Jesus, You have provided grace upon grace and mercy upon mercy.  I need to be cloaked in Your goodness.  Help me, O Lord, to see through the nonsense of this age so that I may walk humbly with what You provide.  Guide me into the goodness which is mine in You.  Lead me to see that You have already provided for what I need.  Lead me in Your provision with thanksgiving.  Amen.