WOMEN OF WONDER - WOW DEVOTIONAL - SEPT 2012
FOR I AM YOU PROVIDER & I MEET ALL YOUR NEEDS...
So I tell you, don't worry about everyday life -- whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn't life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't He more surely care for you? You have so little faith! So don't worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:31-34
Jesus commands us three times in the Matthew scripture to not worry; the King James translation says to “take no thought.” The thoughts Jesus wants us to guard against are anxiety, unease, and fear of tomorrow; these have no place in the heart of one who has chosen to trust in God’s grace and love.
Worry is almost always focused on the future. We fear, fret and fuss about things that might happen, things that will never happen, or things that we can’t change even if they do happen.
Our Father God has promised to take care of us. Our responsibility is to trust Him to do what He has said and what we have witnessed Him doing through the testimony of our own lives and the lives of other believers. In addition, Scripture teaches we are to pray for daily needs, work for our necessities, and plan for the future.
Give us today our daily bread. Matthew 6:11
He who works his land will have abundant food. Proverbs 12:11
The wise look ahead to see what is coming, but fools deceive themselves. Proverbs 14:8
Elijah and the widow trusted God for their next meal, living out the Matthew Scripture “So don’t worry . . . “They are our example that we can live by faith, confident our God is faithful. Every day the ravens brought Elijah food; and every day the widow’s flour and oil were replenished just as God had promised. Even in the circumstance of facing death, they put their faith in God above the reality of their situations; and did so without ever questioning God.
What is the reality in our life today? Are we standing in expectant faith and confidence that God is God and He is ever watching over and caring for us?
The LORD saves the godly; He is their fortress in times of trouble. The LORD helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in Him. Psalm 37:39-40
Our faith today should be no less than that of Elijah and the widow woman. Ask God to give you faith to live boldly for Him before your family, friends, and co-workers.