Verse of the day...

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Do Not Worry...........

"Therefore do not worry, saying, ; What will we eat?' or 'What will we wear? For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ( Matthew 6:31-33)

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: the neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!" ( Luke 12:22-24)

"So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today." ( Matthew 6:34)

"And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to the span of life?" ( Luke 12:25)

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." ( John 14:27)

Jesus says, look at the birds, look at the grass: God takes care of them. Aren't you more important than a bird? God is going to provide. Now, that doesn't mean that we don't have to work. Obviously we do. The birds have to gather all their seeds, and make their nests, and do other bird chores, whatever those are, but they don't worry about it. When was the last time you saw a worried bird, wringing its little wings in worry? You never see that. Because bird brained though they are, they seem to know more than we do, that God is going to provide for our needs, maybe not all our wants, but everything that we need. I have had several people tell me stories about being in tough financial times and wondering how they were going to make ends meet only to see, usually at the last minute, an unexpected raise, or they find their expenses were less than they thought, or they discover they didn't need as much as they thought they did. Jesus is saying we live in an economy of abundance. There's more than enough to take care of everybody: God's going to provide. Sometimes he does that directly, and sometimes he does that through other people. Many of you have heard the statistic that there is enough food in the world to feed everybody, but the reason that some people don't have enough food to eat is that some people aren't sharing what they've got, or there are wars, or bad governments, that make distribution hard. God gave us everything we need to meet everybody's needs. Our job is to distribute it. Do you know that there is $15 billion of loose change just floating around America? Talk about an economy of abundance: $15 billion sitting in people's piggy banks or behind our washers and dryers along with all the missing socks. What would happen if every Christian turned in all of their coins to go for job training for the poor? Jesus is saying we live in an economy of abundance and God will provide, either directly, or through other people.
So why do we worry?

hugs... love & blessings


Mel said...

Great post, as usual!! Thanks for the reminder, Tammy!! Needed it today... probably need it everyday actually! Hugs to you my friend!

joyce said...

Enjoyed your post, (always do) Are you sure you didn't miss your calling in life I know I would rather hear you in the pulpit than our pastor! I really like the way you bring the bible to everyday life. Good Job, Lot of Love.