Daily Devotional 5-14-20

Good Question  
by Julie White

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life; whether you have enough food or drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing…And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here to day and gone tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. So, don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat?  What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers. Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Matthew 6:25-31

Who is in charge of your life? If it’s you, then you have good reason to worry. But if it’s God, then worry is unnecessary and counterproductive; it’s a waste of time.

Often, anxiety comes from asking the wrong question: “If such and such happens, can I handle it?” The true question is not whether you can cope with what happens, but whether you and God together can handle anything that occurs. It is the me-and-God-together factor that gives you confidence to face the day cheerfully, knowing that you’re not alone.

When you start to worry about something, train your brain to relinquish the situation to God. Back off of it a bit; redirect your focus to Him. One small way to begin is by putting notes in common places like your refrigerator door, the dashboard of your vehicle, or on a mirror in your bathroom. On each note, write a verse that speaks to you, or write something like this: “God, you are in control. You are so much bigger than ___. Thank You for making a way through ___.” He will either take care of the problem Himself or show you how to handle it. Worry confirms your hopelessness; prayer confirms your hope in God.

The same God who gave you your life can be trusted with the details of your life. He loves you. So, pray. Talk to Him. Words of sincere prayer have the quality of being words of commitment. Let your prayer go deep and mold your will so that the will of God comes alive in you. He’s waiting for you to stop worrying and trust Him.  

Will you do it?

 

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, help me to pray more deeply and allow You to reprogram my thinking.