Thursday, March 21, 2013
DAY 21: Don’t Worry About Food, Drink or Clothing!
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” - Matthew 6:31-32
This is a week of NOT WORRYING!
American Christians especially are CONSUMED with anxiety about everything in our lives. Where we will live, what we will eat, where we will work, etc. etc. etc. Did you know that “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population).” So when Jesus gives us HIS prescription to eliminate worry and stress in our lives, why do so many Christians gloss over His commands??
We’ve already heard, “Don’t worry about your life”, “Look at the birds” and “Consider the lilies” and if you’ve done them, your confidence in God’s ability and WILLINGNESS to provide for your needs is growing! Today should be icing on the cake!
Today, take 15 minutes to meditate on and ponder this very important reality, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need these things (food, drink, clothing, housing, cars, jobs, etc.)”
This was one of the most powerful revelations I have ever had.
In 2004, we were completely in debt up to our eyeballs after a failed business venture. I was stressed out, overworked and nearly bankrupt! I had an encounter with God while lying on the floor at a conference that changed me. I was complaining and whining to God about how hard it was, how scared I was of not being able to provide for my family, my wife and my kids when God interrupted me! He simply spoke to me and said, “Before your wife is your wife, she is MY DAUGHTER! Before your son is your son, he is MY SON!” Instantly I realized that God WANTED to provide for them more than I did. I felt ashamed to even THINK that God didn’t care about our needs. When I realized that He knew what they needed and WANTED to provide for them, a feeling of calm rested over me that hasn’t left to this day!
HE LOVES US!
Think about that and tell us how YOU feel after 4 days of pondering His goodness!