Monday, January 17, 2011
So many times I find myself thinking “everything is going to crash and burn.” “Why,” I ask myself, “why?” I have God’s Word and He has proven Himself to be faithful. I remember a couple years ago when I was unemployed and my wife recently had passed away. This was during the great stock market crash and jobs! What jobs! Everyone was cutting back on their work force.
One afternoon, it was a nice sunny winter day here in Phoenix. I went to North Mountain Park worried about my future. “Lord,” I ask, “Why did you take both my wife and my job at the same time?” I said, “Dealing with unemployment would have been much easier if my wife was still alive. But, if you had to take my wife now, why didn’t you at least allow me to keep my job? Dealing with the pain would have been a whole lot easier.” Fearful about what lies ahead, I asked the Lord, “please give me a job, I need to work.” I can remember so clearly to this day His response, “Do not fear, I will open up a job for you quickly.” No, I did not hear voices, but He spoke clearly into my spirit. I left the park that day knowing I was going to work, no question in my mind. The amazing thing, one week later I was at work, hired for a job I had not even applied for. They had contacted me one month earlier, choose to hire someone else. That individual did not work out, so they called offering me the job.
This is just one example of many where the Lord has proven Himself faithful. His grace also was sufficient for me. We as Christians can boldly walk in the path the Lord has chosen us for because we walk with Him. There is no reason to worry, but we do it anyway. Instead, let us seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and trust in Him to lead us through this life.
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.