30th Anniversary 

Trust That God Provides

“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?”

(Matt. 6:30; NASB)

What are your biggest concerns in everyday life? If “making ends meet” is among the top items on your list, you’re not alone. Worrying about paying the monthly bills has become an American pastime. It seems we have become so accustomed to living in that state of mind we think it’s normal. We even justify it in our own lives because we see everyone else in the same position. We convince ourselves that the only way out is a better job, a promotion, or winning the lottery. The truth is, we should not be in that position or that state of mind.

As believers, we have the promises of God to encourage us in times of need, and yes, there will be times of need. But that should not be a way of life we are willing to accept. If we maintain our relationship with Him through daily prayer and surround ourselves with other believers, we will prosper (see Psalm 1:1-3) That does not mean He will provide just because we pray and hang out with other believers. We must work for what we want, trusting the Lord will provide. It also means we must be willing to obey His word in all aspects of our lives.

Greed and wanting what others have (covetousness) are devices the devil uses to tempt us to make some very bad decisions. We buy houses that are too big, or lease apartments that are too expensive, buy cars with payments that are too high and clothes we don’t need or are too expensive. We accomplish this by taking loans and using credit cards until we have overextended ourselves leading to continual worry. God never promised to provide for our overextensions. In fact, the Bible says: “the borrower becomes the lender’s slave” (Prov. 22:7b).

Perhaps it is time to consider doing things His way. Jesus told us to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,” (Matt. 6:33). This means we are to desire righteousness in our lives more than we desire earthly possessions. God made all

things. This includes food, clothing, gold and silver. He gives according to His will and tells us He wants us to prosper, not just financially, but in all we do.

Today’s verse says: “will He not much more clothe you?” (emphasis mine). When we trust in His ways and not try to force our will over His, we will find He gives “much more” than what we ever imagined.

Have a great week and God bless.

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