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I love receiving gift cards. Some people think they are too impersonal. I don’t, because I’d rather buy what I want than get an engraved keychain or a bottle of Old Spice as a gift. My favorite cards are Amazon, Lowes and Bass Pro Shop. I just received a BPS card the other day. Yesterday I surfed the site. I don’t need anything and really don’t want anything right now, but I know I’ll be ready when something triggers my trigger in the next few weeks or months before my next fishing or hunting trip. Until then, I will put it away knowing that no matter what, it will be there waiting to be put into service.

I remember an episode in my life almost two decades ago. I had left my church and started the Outdoor Truths ministry. I had no guarantee of support other than what a few people had promised and the prospect of a few speaking engagements in the future. I didn’t know exactly where my supply would come from. I only believed that I was doing what God wanted me to do. And I personally needed to know if God was still calling people to take radical steps of faith. I kept a journal during this time because I knew I would need to document God’s work for my faith to grow in the future. Here is an entry from my diary.

That afternoon, a doctor friend of mine who had told me she was going to help me came to mind. I knew I had to follow up with her. We had a great conversation, and she told me how she had been led by the Lord to support my ministry. She’s going to give out checks that are post-dated for the next few months, and I have to cash one every month. I don’t know how much each will cost, but that doesn’t matter. God put another person in my life.

Right now, I think that’s a great illustration of God’s provision. He provided post-dated checks for all of us. Each of his promises is our assurance that he will provide each day, and I don’t have to worry about next month because I already have the check for that month in my hand.

That was many years ago, and I’m glad his promise still holds true. But it’s not a promise just for me. This is his promise to you. He gave you gift cards. One for every need – prepaid and ready to activate when your need is revealed. You can imagine how I must have felt having those checks in hand. The same I feel today with this Bass Pro gift card. And the same as you and I can feel knowing that God has prepaid for all of our future needs.

Gary wrote the Outdoor Truths article for 20 years. He has also written four books which include compilations of his articles and a father/son devotion. He also speaks at wild game dinners and men’s events for churches and associations. He can be reached at gary@outdoor


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