DON’T WORRY! This is easier said than done. How can one not worry during times of trouble? Our families need to be fed, our children need to be clothed, school fees need to be paid — and the list goes on. I do not think that Jesus was asking his followers [in Matthew 6:25-34], or us, to adopt a carefree attitude toward our finances. If we did, we would soon find ourselves in even further difficulty. …
Notice that God takes care of our needs, not our wants. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he reiterated this point by saying, “Give us this day our daily bread” (6:11).
Take a moment today to sit quietly in your backyard, garden, or a park. Look at the birds, trees, and insects. God takes care of their needs. God loves you and will take care of your needs.
Take this opportunity to surrender yourself into God’s hands. Allow God to harness your worry, calm the panic, and assure you that God cares about who you are and what is taking place in your life.
– Wessel Bentley Facing Financial Struggle
From page 12 of Facing Financial Struggle: 28 Days of Prayer by Wessel Bentley. Copyright © 2010 by Wessel Bentley. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Practice the act of surrender described above. Share your thoughts.
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands to heaven.
1 Kings 8:22, NRSV
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