Tuesday, August 13, 2013

God Our Provider Will Meet All Our Needs

Recently I’ve allowed myself to worry about life after college, paying off my loans, taking care of all my own bills, buying a car, and providing for myself. Even though I was fully aware of Who my God is—that He is Jehovah Jireh, “The Lord will provide”—and that He is faithful to His Word, I still allowed myself to worry about the things Jesus says in Matthew 6 only the Gentiles worry about (vv. 31-32).

This morning as I was giving God all my anxieties in prayer (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22), the Lord reminded me of His promise in Matthew 6: “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 not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (vv. 26-30).

As I read the whole sixth chapter of Matthew and looked at these verses in their context, the Lord dissipated my fears and anxieties that I had allowed to creep into my mind. Over and over again, Jesus speaks of our “Father” in this chapter of Matthew, conveying the message that I have a “Father” in Heaven who cares for me and wants me to ask for Him to meet my needs and then trust Him that He will take care of me (Matthew 6:11, 25, 31-34).

I have discovered that worries about the future not only rob me of my joy from the Lord but also distract me from the real task at hand—seeking first the kingdom of God. “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33).

Will I consider myself a living sacrifice unto the Lord and give my life to Him, allowing my time and resources to be spent for Him as I seek first His kingdom and His righteousness? Will I choose to be broken bread and poured out wine for my King’s glory? Will I cast all my cares on Him knowing that He cares for me and will meet all of my needs as He promised? 

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