Day 27

“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?” (Matthew 6:26)

 

Promises. Promises are delicate. They can be a source of trust yet easily broken. They can forge lasting relationships, but if mistreated can create resentment in our hearts. They can be a solid rock or tossed around as the waves.

 

Jesus makes promises. We know many of them because they have been told in church since we can remember. They deal with love, faith, hope, insert next best moralistic virtue. Still one area we ignore is anxiety.

 

For most, our futures are far from being written. We worry about the future and what awaits us next. What school should I attend? Who will I marry? What job will I have? Will God bless my family? How will I manage to keep enduring these trials? Others may think this stage of anxiety about the future has past. Still we even look back and worry. Did I make the right choice? What kind of impact have I made? Have I wasted what God has granted me? Did I do what I promised I would?

 

Jesus' promises: “Don't worry. Rest in who I AM. I care for the birds, the flowers, the earth that I am constantly upholding by my Word, the universe that I hold in my palm. You can't add anything to yourself so trust me.” God is who He says He is. He is bound to this promise by His nature and character. That gives hope. That brings peace. Knowing that the King of the universe is big enough to keep His promise yet intimate enough to care. All we need is to seek first His kingdom and righteousness!

 

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Written by:

Brian Elder

Posted on February 22, 2014 .