Embracing God's Supreme Agenda - Peaceful and Trusting - Wednesday, October 11th
So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed. Exodus 16:17-18
And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:29-34
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock. Isaiah 26:3-4
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Fear is a powerful force and it can affect us to the core of our being. Israel was afraid of dying in the wilderness and focused on the one place where they could at least survive, Egypt. This kept them from focusing on God and who He really was and the fact that He could take care of them no matter what. God’s provision of food in the wilderness was inescapable, so they did what they were told and partook of what He had provided. But they did not grasp within their minds and hearts a sense of context for what God had done for them. The severity of the wilderness and their perceived plight was more brutal to them than the sufferings of Egypt. They did not seem to have any sense of reality for the promised land of Canaan or God’s ability to get them there. God always takes care of His people and we must always live in the reality of who He is. When we do, He gives us perfect peace and we are able to walk in the fullness of His kingdom. With a deep “knowing” that God and whatever He provides is enough, success for us is now found in the quality of our walk with Him and how free He is to accomplish His purposes in us and through us.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, help me to be steadfastly focused on you. I see that the more I closely walk with you and stay focused on you, the more I will remain solid in my belief that you will take care of me no matter what. I also see that the more I focus on my agenda, my circumstances, and my sense of the things I need in life, the more that peace and trust will elude me. I trust you, Lord, and thank you for your amazing peace. I am free. Amen!
Posted on Wed, October 11, 2017
by Ken Hart