Reading: Genesis 16-18; Matthew 6
I trust the Lord. I do! Yet I find myself worrying. I worry about my kids. I worry about tomorrow and paying bills and how is Burr going to do in school this semester and will Jordan continue to have an easy pregnancy? How is Bens ministry? Will the baby be healthy? But in Matthew it says can worry add a single hour to your life? Instead I’m going to try to be more persistent in prayer. I find that when I bring my requests to God daily I live more peacefully. It also says do not worry about tomorrow each day has enough trouble of it’s own. The theme today is my bible study is “is anything too hard for the Lord?” Our job is to Resist Temptation, Live the Jesus lifestyle and Trust God. When God gives you clear direction He will act. God told Abraham 3 times that He would be the father of many nations (Gen. 15:4, 17:16, 18:10). It’s all in the Lords timing. Not ours.
I wrote the above paragraph 5 years ago. And yet, every question I was asking God at that time still holds true today, along with a few others. Have the worries over the past 5 years added anything to my life? No, I am sure they haven’t. I wish I could tell you I was persistent in prayer enough that I never worried. I still fall right back into that trap of worry. But I can tell you that when I practice my persistence, that I do sleep better, I do know that there is nothing that will happen to me and to my family that does not filter through His hands and He will carry us through. I know that I can fret and worry over the next thing that’s coming or I can pray about it, lay it down at the cross and walk into today knowing God’s got it. Whatever IT is today. God has it. I know, believe me I know, it sounds so simple on paper but when it comes to actually doing it, it is more of a challenge. And that is when I find a scripture or a prayer and I will take that with me through the day. And sometimes I just say “JESUS!” And that helps calm my worry. There have even been times, I felt I had to remind myself to breathe the worries were so big. When life gets you to that point, just say His name, over and over. Find that scripture that will bring you peace and comfort. You may have to remind yourself every minute, but friends if you are a child of God, He’s got you and whatever is worrying you right in the palm of His hand!
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you nor of more value than they?” Matthew has 6:25-26
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33