Daily Devotion – Rest in Him

Resting in God When We Are Tempted With Worry

"...Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they 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! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, 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." Luke 12:22-27 ESV

Our God spoke the world into existence. Our God created Adam out of dust. Our God is giver and sustainer of life. Our God parts the Red Sea. Our God makes the blind see, the deaf to hear. Our God defeated death. Our God gives new life. Our God gives us rest.

And here I am. Yet again struggling to trust Him. Fighting to be still, to rest. Here we are, day to day, living this life without Him. Maybe it’s unintentional. Maybe it’s habit. But maybe it’s neglect. Maybe it’s not distrust, but little trust.

God’s got this. This life of unknowns (to us). He knows. This life of hard and confusing twists and turns. He has a plan. This life of worry and anxiety over how to do it all. He doesn’t blink an eye. He’s got this. And this thing that I choose, the ways that I doubt, He is not shocked off His throne. He knew that we would struggle with worry and doubt and fear. He knew that anxiety would be part of our lives. And do you know what He tells us?

“…Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they 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! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, 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.”

When I begin to wonder how I’ll get it all done, I remember how small my faith is. Then I remind myself that’s all it takes. I can’t do these small things alone. But I can take my small faith, my little trust and give it to Jesus. Because my worrying about it does nothing. Because we serve a big God who is able. A God who cares for even the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. A God who created me and you. A God who loved us enough to send His only son to die for us. A God who planned for our mistakes and mess-ups so much so that He conquered death to be with us. A God who literally gave everything for us. A God who holds the world in His hands…and reaches down to hold us right where we are.

Prayer

Today, Lord, help us to still our minds and hear your voice. Help us to rest in you. Help us to see the birds and flowers and remember how you care for us. Help us to know you well. Help us to trust you, Lord. Help us to fight the worry and the anxiety. Help us to call on your name. Thank you, Lord, for providing a way to yourself. Thank you, Lord, for not leaving us alone to do this life. Thank you, Lord, for creating and sustaining life. Thank you, Lord, for loving us. Amen.

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