Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?”
What are you in need of right now? Is it material? Is it physical? Emotional? All of us regularly experience the need for something.
Some needs might be more urgent, and some might be more long-term.
Thankfully, God knows our needs and wants to meet them. His desire is for us to experience life to the full through Him. But how do we learn to trust God to meet each of our needs and not live with panic and worry when we face scarcity?
Take a minute to calm your heart. Go to the place where you feel most at ease and relaxed. Find yourself a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Breathe easy. Prepare your heart for prayer and imagine the tension in your body unwinding and the anxiety in your head and heart slowly decreasing.
In the Scripture passage above, Jesus mentions how the creatures He created have no need to worry about how they will survive each day because He feeds them. When we get in our heads too much about our material needs, we lose our focus on the Provider. And you are infinitely more precious and valuable to God than the animals He created, so He will provide richly for you! You are the crowning glory of His creative masterpiece.
God is asking you to trust Him to provide for you. Worry won’t change your circumstances, and it will steal your peace and your joy. Today, you can be confident in God and in His provision. He lovingly cares for the flowers and birds He created — and He’ll care for you with even more love and attention.
God, I praise You because You supply all my needs. I sing praises to Your name, for You hold the universe in the palm of Your hand. I worship You because You lovingly care for Your creation. Sometimes the pressures of my daily life distort what matters most to me. Lord, please forgive me for chasing after things that don’t bring me closer to You. Help me to long for You alone.
Thank You for guiding me through seasons of anxiety and restlessness. You are so good, and Your mercy endures from generation to generation. Thank You for sustaining me and providing for my needs. Thank You for taking care of me and my loved ones. You give us all we need. You are here with me, and You are listening.
Even when I’m overwhelmed, help me to not give up.
Help me lean on You during hard times and trials. Help me push past the mundane and unending demands of life. Give me faith to trust in You to care for me. Amen.
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