Boast In The Lord January 15th, 2022

A Word From Jenn Carey

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” - Matthew 6:25-33

Ever since I became a Christian in high school, what has always fascinated me is how God is both my heavenly Father and provider! My earthly father wasn’t around so it was difficult for me to even picture what a father was like. 
Because I grew up in single-parent home, from a young age my brothers and I worked as soon as we could and helped pay the bills in any small way that we could contribute. If I’m honest, rest was often viewed as laziness at home. What didn’t help was that we also live in a culture that teaches us we should be self-made and glamorizes burn-out.

How refreshing is it to know that God turns these principles on their head? Discovering Matthew 6:25-33 early on in my faith really felt like rest to my weary body and has become an anchor passage for me to this day. 
His kingdom principles teach us to actively wait, trust, rest, seek and receive from our God who supplies for our every need.  Of course this doesn’t mean we turn into couch potatoes, rather that we trust God with the outcome while stewarding our time well and living by His principles. What a weight lifted off of my shoulders that allowed me to confidently believe that even when I rest, the world keeps going because He is the One in control. 
Thank God that He not only provides the physical things I need but He also provides peace in the chaos, courage when fear sets in, protection in the unstable moments and joy in the heartache. These have allowed me to experience that fatherly love I never knew I needed. There’s so much safety in knowing no matter how old we get, God will still be our Father. We never have to go through a season apart from His perfect provision. He will always be our Sustainer. 

 Thank you Lord that you are my heavenly Father who both knows what I need and longs to provide for me in exceeding measures. You are my Creator and Sustainer, Lord of all and Lord in all. Fill me afresh in this new season and show me your provisions in ways I never knew I needed. Forgive me for the times I think that I’ve earned everything I have through my own doing. Help me see you in all the details of my life and stir my affections for you, Lord.
In Jesus name, Amen.

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