This past week as I was sitting on my porch praying, something came floating down in front of me. I figured it was a leaf off a plant. Then I saw it again and again. So, I decided to look a bit closer and on light string of the lights on our porch was a little chickadee looking for millers. I watched how the bird would find the littlest pieces of bugs and then fly away. Then it would be back for more. Then I saw another little bird on the ground in the grass gathering something. They were so cheerful, carefree and just going about their business. That’s when the Lord reminded me of Matthew 6.
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:25-34
There is so much fear-based messages right about the horrible times coming. Store up food and water for a year, do this, do that. It is good to know what is ahead but never to be approached in fear. He shows us what to store up and plan ahead for but it should never be out of fear or lack. The Bible tells us the ants store up for winter. It is always wise to be prepared. It is predicted the next few months could be difficult but don’t stop living. Listen to His wisdom for you. Be prepared for a short time without electricity, which is something we should always be prepared for in case of snowstorms or weather-related problems. We were taught to think through and prepare for situations. Having some food stored for the future should be a normal thing not an emergency. There is nothing fear based to prepare ahead of time with food for your family and to help others. Always have extra water. This is how over half the world lives on a normal basis. We live in a country blessed by God and Americans have taken so many things for granted. Continue to be thankful always in all things. He is our Living Water and our Bread of Life! He is the I AM.
Ask the Lord to unveil your eyes to see beyond what is in front of us. Think on the things He tells you to think on in Philippians 4:8. “Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”
Remember all things are possible in Him to those who love Him. “Jesus said to him, “What do you mean ‘if’? If you are able to believe, all things are possible to the believer.”
Mark 9:23 That’s a powerful truth.
Right now, in this season, we MUST find our answers in the Word of God and in Him. His ways MUST define us and not the ways of man or the world. We must peel away the layers of fear and unbelief that effect our vision of Him and limit our faith.
“Surrender your anxiety. Be still and realize that I am God. I am God above all the nations, and I am exalted throughout the whole earth.” Psalm 46:10
“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” John 14:27
“Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
“Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”” John 16:15
He is there for each of us. He is our everything. No matter what the world may go through we have Him! For me, He’s enough!