Bible Verse: “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? 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? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:25-27
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 30:8-9
This week we’ve tackled the universal struggle: worry.
Being finite, mortal beings, it is hard not to worry about almost everything. But as we’re reminded in Matthew, “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?”
Instead, writer Gary Hohweiler urges us to turn worry into prayer. 1 John 5:14 tells us, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Tell your concerns to God and let Him deal with it. He has unlimited resources at His disposal.
Are you asking Him? Are you seeking the Lord? Are you knocking on heaven’s door for your answers? Our God is not an enabler. He does not want people hooked on heavenly food stamps. You are going to have to ask, seek, and knock. And when you do, you will receive, find, and the door will be opened.
The good news for us is the same Spirit that filled Jesus is the One that is available to us. When the Holy Spirit shows up and takes over, you need to just stand back and try not to get in the way. Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:16 NIV).
The Holy Spirit is not a mysterious being who is going to possess you and take control of your tongue, but He will guide you. Jesus said, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13 NIV). He is also known as the Helper. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26 NKJV).
As the storms gather and struggles come our way, remember the things outside of your control are securely in the hands of our Heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, “the Lord will provide.”
Just don’t be afraid to ask!
— Gary Hohweiler, author of Fear Not!