"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. Mathew 6:30-33MSG
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The important concept I want you to digest today is God’s sovereignty. I truly believe that when anxiety takes over our lives, it’s because we forgot who God is. We forgot that even though our fears are out of our control, they are still under His control. We stop trusting in Him and start depending on ourselves, but that is a set up for failure, because we are flawed beings.
We find peace within Gods provision, and we trust in The Lord when we understand how much He loves us. Many of us have been hurt and damaged over and over again to the point we don’t know what safety looks like; let alone the safety of love. But God is challenging us to find this safety in Him maybe for the first time ever and be vulnerable enough to trust that His love is the real thing. That this grace is sufficient to cover, protect, provide and look out for us. It’s a love that never lets go, a love that’s inescapable, a love that won’t leave us hanging or questioning where we stand and pursues us to the ends of the Earth
Trade your anxiety for His sovereign peace today. Because whatever you put at the center of your life will also be your source of power. The power of a wheel always emanates from the center outward — never the other way around. Make Jesus the center of your life, and he’ll provide the stability, control, and power you need for your life. The Bible says, “Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well” (Matthew 6:33 NCV). Don’t worry about making Jesus first in your life. Put him in the center of your life. Let him direct your life, influence it, empower it, and give it stability. Do that, and all the other areas of your life — from your family to your career to your goals — will find balance in Jesus. Lord, help me to put my trust in you in the moments I strive to turn to myself.
Start practicing making two columns in your journal and writing your raw, anxious thoughts on one side, while writing about who God is and what God’s Word promises on the other.
Yes, you may have to do some digging for verses but digging is good. Plus you have the internet to search anything you can think of! Trust me, just taking the time to look up and write out God’s truth for yourself will bring a renewing process to you.
That’s the beauty of God’s word; when we take it in, it becomes a part of us. This refilling of our mind so necessary for our mental health.
“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. Mathew 6:34MSG
Pause And Reflect
- If you looked at your life as a wheel, what would be in the center?
- What are the biggest distractions for you to having a balanced life?
- What do you think is the biggest obstacle to putting Jesus at the center of your life?
Today’s Pray: Your prayers, rather, should be simple, like this: Our Father in heaven, let Your name remain holy. Bring about Your kingdom. Manifest Your will here on earth, as it is manifest in heaven. Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less— And forgive us our debts as we forgive those who owe us something. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. But let Your kingdom be, and let it be powerful and glorious forever. Amen. Mathew 6:9-13