Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This morning, as I struggled with my fears, I picked up my copy of Max Lucado's devotional Fear Not. I purchased this little gem back in June of 2010, when we were in San Antonio saying our final goodbye on earth to Ethan. Though I don't read through it much, I feel God leading me to open up not only this book, but His Word more often. How many times do I sit and worry about the what-ifs when those really don't ever come to fruition? Jesus said in Matthew 6:27--Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? In today's verbiage, Jesus was basically say who can grow or add to your life by being worried? Powerful. I've never gained anything by worry except for an ulcer.
It's funny, and yet it's SO what my friends and I call "A God Thing," that Josh and Evan and I revisited a church this past Sunday that we are interested in making our church home. And what was that sermon on? Matthew 6:25-34. Just in case you don't have your Bible available, or you don't read the Bible, those passages are about not having fear and trusting Him to provide. Oh how God knew I needed to hear that sermon!
I will close this post with one of the devotionals from Max's book I mentioned earlier in the post. Here we go:
Are you tied up in knots? Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 NIV) Strong verb there. Cast. Not place, lay, or occasionally offer... Max goes on to write: Do the same with your fears. Get serious with them. Immediately cast them upon God.