If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:30-34 (MSG)
We find ourselves in October 2013, and the government finds itself in another fiscal crisis, resulting in the shutdown of most government offices.
Near the end of September, just after news of an impending shutdown, a fellow believer who works for a government contractor shared with me her feelings. "I'm depressed and frightened. I'm sending out resumes so I'm covered in case I'm furloughed or laid off."
She was reacting to the situation out of fear.
It's easy to trust God for our daily life needs when everything is coming up roses.
Although these are uncertain times for us, there is one thing believers must be certain of - that God is bigger than anything we will ever encounter.
- He was bigger than Goliath, a giant slain by a young boy.
- He was bigger than the tall, angry waves upon which Peter walked.
- He was bigger than all the chariots and warriors in Egypt as he led his people from their captors and into their journey to the Promised Land.
But we, just like the Israelites who walked on the floor of the Red Sea as the waves were parted around them, ... we forget. We forget all the times God was bigger than our problems. We forget all the circumstances when he was there with us and for us.
Reflect on your past experiences and make a list of all the critical times you relied on God and he provided. As new things happen, add them to your list. And when you are confronted with new uncertainties, crises and challenges, look at your list and remember that God will never leave you nor forsake you!
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19