Well, he did it again, listening to one of my favorite speakers, I had another 'aha' moment. I love 'aha' moments with the word of God. Today's 'aha' moment was when Joseph Prince was teaching on being content in the day with what you have and not worrying about what tomorrow will bring.
Matthew 6 v 31...."Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'....
Matthew 6 v 34..."Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble"....
Jesus is telling us not to worry period. He tells us to rest in Him, to trust in Him for all things. His grace is poured out like fresh manna on us daily. Instead of worrying about what we will have tomorrow we need to be resting and enjoying every morsel of manna He has given us today. How can we say we are enjoying the day if we are worrying about what we will have tomorrow?
When God fed the people manna, He told them to take what they needed for that day only and not to take so much that they had left overs. For He wanted them to trust in Him that He would provide each day for them. But they didn't listen and some took more and when morning came, there were worms in their manna.
Exodus 16 v 19-20...and Moses said, "Let no one leave any of it till morning." Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them......
Now don't we all do that sometimes? No matter what the word tells us, no matter what our Pastors teach us, we still want to make sure that we or man is in control of our needs instead of trusting the Lord to provide. We will worry when things look sparse instead of believing what He tells us in His word, that He will supply ALL of our needs. He didn't say some, He said ALL.
Phil. 4 v 19....and my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.......
How much of our need will He supply? ALL! According to what and who? His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Not according to what the economy is telling us. Not according to what our circumstances look like or what man says, but according to His riches in Christ Jesus.
Our God loves us so much that He is not going to let us go without when we put our trust in Him. Sometimes we let our circumstances dictate what we have.
An example Joseph Prince used was that they were buying some land. He told his team to put in their bid on the land but not to worry over it, but to put it in God's hands. If they got the land then it was of God, and if they did not then it wasn't of God to start with.
That is how we trust in Him. Once we let go of our request into God's hands then He will bring it back to us multiplied, not the same but multiplied. But if we worry whether or not we will see increase, or whether or not we get the job we applied for, or whether or not our bid is accepted, then we have not truly trusted in Him, we are storing our manna just in case we need it for the next day. We are putting our faith in ourselves and our works instead of Him.
Phil. 4 v 11-13....Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.......
Now this verse is not telling us we must suffer like some would take it out of context to mean. No it is saying that no matter what we will abound because our trust is in Him and not on ourselves. If we go through a trial, that is just it, we will go through and not stop in the middle of it.
In other words, no matter what, we are content with the fact that our Lord, our God will provide and bring us through. And we will give Him praise and thanksgiving in all things, no matter what because our trust is in Him. AMEN!
Where can we learn to trust like this?
STAY IN THE WORD!