Bible Verse: “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:28-30 NIV
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 30:8-9
Jesus tells us that worrying is counterproductive. In the verse just prior to this passage, He poses the question, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27 NIV) Worrying will truly get you nowhere. His other point is that there is no need to worry because your heavenly Father will see to your needs. The good news is that He backs that up with a promise in His word: “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV).
Are you in need today of something? Maybe it’s the basic necessities of life like food, shelter, or clothing. Or maybe it’s a job or healing or someone just to talk to about your struggles. Whatever it is you’re in need of today, please know there is a loving God who wants to help. One of the names of God is Jehovah Jireh, meaning, “the Lord will provide.”
James tells us, “You do not have, because you do not ask God” (James 4:2 NIV). Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 NIV). Be persistent; keep asking, seeking and knocking until the door is opened to you.
God does promise in Philippians 4:19 to meet your needs, but there is nothing there about meeting your greed. Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980s, was said to have anywhere between 1200 – 2700 pairs of shoes. How much is enough? There is an old saying, “Happiness is not having what you want; it’s wanting what you have.”
Proverbs 30 gives us a great perspective on sufficiency. “Give me neither poverty nor riches — feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9 NKJV).
Prayer: Lord, I cannot do life on my own, and I’m tired of trying. You, and You alone, are my true Provider. Help me not to worry, but to turn everything over to You, Jehovah Jireh, in prayer. And may I always have an attitude of gratitude. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
— Gary Hohweiler, author of Fear Not!