Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in their thicket? Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?
Job 38:39–41
Zookeepers take care of any number of wild beasts including lions. They feed them and look after their well-being by tending to any illness or injury they might have. Yet they do it all from the relative safety of the zoo compound.  Only the most reckless zookeeper would walk into the lion’s cage with a tray of meat to feed the lions. He would be risking his own life at that point, and to do so out in the wild would mean almost certain death. God has given these wild animals an instinct to hunt for their food and to take it when they can. They satisfy their animal instincts by taking down other animals to feed off of. They do not lack for food because God provides for them, we do not.  In the same way that God takes care of the animals in the wild so too does He care for us. He provides us with our daily bread so that we might learn to be dependent upon Him. The Psalmist tells us, “You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Psalm 145:16). God desires us to turn to Him in all our needs because He is the only one who can satisfy them. This is why He invites us to His altar every Sunday to receive the true body and true blood of His Son, Jesus Christ so that our souls might be satisfied, and our sins forgiven. We search in vain when we look anywhere else but to God. He provides all that we need because He has given us His Son so that we “might have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).  
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