I found an interesting word as I was reading and thinking today. It is the Greek word "pas." Small little word with a big meaning. Jesus said in John 17:7 that the disciples now knew that everything the Father had given Jesus had come from Him. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. So they knew God was the source of all things. Pas. Everything.
Peter wrote, 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3) Pas. Everything. So the question comes down to this: If He has given us everything we need and we know that everything comes from Him, why don't we seem to have everything we need and struggle? It is because we don't continue to grow and remain in relationship with Him.
We saw the food pantry of a local church recently. They provide food for hundreds of people on a regular basis. Now what if a person knew to come there, came close, but rather than engaging the folks who were running the pantry and receive what they need, sat in the room beside where the pantry is and complained about how the church said they would provide food for them but weren't? Foolish, huh? Everything they need is right there, and there is an absolute willingness to provide all they need. The issue is with the recipient. Because he or she refuses to engage the provider in relationship, what is available to them sits waiting.
God has provided "pas," EVERYTHING. Its there waiting. Why aren't we receiving? Today may be a good time to "pause" and think about "pas."