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Don't worry - Be Happy - Trust God for your Daily Bread
Luke 12: 22-24
Over the years I have experienced some lean times - during these lean times I would pray to God for help to make it through.
I read this Bible verse once and it became one of my favorite verses during trying times -- Luke 12:22-23 – 22 And [Jesus] said to His disciples, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious and troubled [with cares] about your life, as to what you will [have to] eat; or about your body, as to what you will [have to] wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body [more] than clothes.
I even used it as a quote on my message boards for Weight Watchers. How often I worried about food and clothing, especially when dieting, food became an obsession. It was all I could think about. How many points did it have - what could I eat later if I ate this now. But, best of all this Bible Verse reminds me of an incident that really happened to me.
Many years ago I was driving to work, and I literally was wondering about enough money for my next meal. Times were tough, I was raising a son as a divorced working mother and money was tight. I remember thinking what if I don’t have enough money for food. Suddenly, a pancake, yes, a pancake falls from the sky and lands on the hood of my car. I think…..Manna from heaven and I look up into the sky. At that moment a crow swoops down and picks up the pancake. Then I realized he had dropped it and since there was a McDonald’s nearby it was probably from there.
How funny, I thought, that a crow should be eating a pancake and I was worried about eating. How stupid of me to worry – God gave that crow a pancake, would God think less of me?
The scriptures go on to say in verse 24 almost exactly what happened to me - 24 Observe and consider the ravens; for they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn; and [yet] God feeds them. Of how much more worth are you than the birds!
God even feeds crows pancakes!
How great is God that he could actually play out this verse right in front of me!
Jesus goes on to say, why worry, what good does it do.
25 And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a [cubit to his stature or a moment [unit] of time to his age [the length of his life]?
Ah the old “Don’t worry, be happy”. So many of us would be happier if we didn’t worry every minute of every day about something. At home it’s the bills, the children, or the family. At Church, it could be the gossip, or the lessons for Sunday School or fretting about something not be done the way you want it done. At work, well, that is just plain old STRESS. But if we would learn to give all to God, we could be so much happier.
Well, I didn’t stress any more about food and where my next meal was coming from – I always seem to have enough. We are reminded not to ask for more than we need in the Lord’s Prayer. When Jesus taught us to pray He said “give us this day our daily bread”. Not our weekly loaf, not bread for the year but our daily bread, what we need to make it through the day. Manna in the Old Testament was like that. They only were to gather what they needed for the day.
From Exodus 16 – Moses tells the people to gather only what they need for their family. And not more – but you know – some people don’t listen
9 Moses said, Let none of it be left until morning.
20 But they did not listen to Moses; some of them left of it until morning, and it bred worms, became foul and stank; and Moses was angry with them.
21 They gathered it every morning, each as much as he needed, for when the sun became hot it melted.
The people never listened – and that still goes on today. We try to hoard up our resources, we buy too much and we are a society of instant gratification and communication and we haven’t learned the most simplest of lesson from God.
I guess trusting God is sometime hard to do. We want to do it for ourself and for our families. I am the Queen of I'll do it my way because no other way it right!
Today's lesson is - Hey don’t worry, I am going to take care of you, today, tomorrow and always – Love God XXOO
* Take your problems to God
* Work on one day at time
* Be Happy