Hello! How was everyone’s Passover and/or Easter? Mine was good as well I celebrated my birthday on Good Friday and communed with family on Easte Sunday. My birthday on Good Friday was pretty awesome especially because I just returned from Israel and the meaning was more alive to me. While I was in Israel, I wanted God to speak to me in such a special way-a very “spiritual” way. I guess my emotional presumptions got the better of me. So as I read my Bible, I was hoping for a revelation of some sort. Instead, God was dealing with me in Matthew 6-wtih the theme “Do not worry about what tomorrow may bring”. Apparently, my prayer was constantly “What do You want me to do tomorrow?” Should I relocate when I get back? Transfer my job? Where will I go? Where will I live? What should I do?” I feel like I need to change things, but not sure where to start?” Do any of these concerns sound familiar to you? Frustrating isn’t it?
Well, this is what God spoke to me about….“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.: (Matthew 6:25-34) Of course, that is not what I wanted to hear. I wanted bells and whistles; maybe have the sun beaming down on me; perhaps angels singing…Is that too much to ask? I know, too dramatic. God is not here to put on show. He doesn’t have to. But, He did want me to know that He is in control and is very much aware of the issues and concerns of my heart. This reminded me of the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-13. Elijah just went through an exhausting time killing false prophets and escaping the wicked, Queen Jezebel. He felt alone and wanted to know what was next as he sought the LORD. “Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake,but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave.” My point is that God does not have to be loud or “showy” as the Creator of the universe. He is in that still small voice that speaks to our hearts as well as our heads and when He does speak to us, it is always clear and specific. It is not a riddle. I don’t need another person to tell me what God wants to communicate to me. Don’t get me wrong, it can happen, but never let another person tell YOU what the Holy Spirit needs to speak to you about. I am still dwelling on Matthew 6 because that is the passage of scripture where the Holy Spirit led me as I was inquiring of God. God will speak to you as well. Please, make no mistake in understanding that God always wants us to seek Him first about anything and everything. That’s why God tells us to seek His kingdom first. He has it covered before we even ask about Him about it. He will provide our daily needs. This is probably why the Israelites had to get their manna from heaven every day-so that they would learn to depend on God every day. That lesson has not changed for us. We don’t know what tomorrow may bring-but, God does and I have peace knowing that He is there “watching my back” before I know why I need Him to watch my back.
Until we meet again, I pray that you Walk Every Day With Grace. His grace is sufficient always. So don’t worry about tomorrow. Thank God He will be there tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy His presence today.