His Eye is On the Sparrow

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Life can be overwhelming at times. Bills start to pile up, work isn't going too well, health issues arise, school/work loads become stressful, relationships become rocky, and on and on. When we experience these overwhelming stresses and worries, we tend to allow them to take over our lives. We fret and grasp at straws, trying to keep our heads above the raging seas that are our problems. These worries become all-consuming thoughts and we try to figure out how we are going to get out from underneath the dark storm clouds that are pressing in from all sides. All too often our full devotion to God is the first thing that we allow to slip by as we try to regain control of our lives. Perhaps we start to tithe a little less (or stop tithing all together), we stop doing ministry work, and cut back on attending church services and doing our daily Bible reading and prayer time. We do these things thinking that we need to be saving up our money in order to pay off those bills and we need that extra time to get ahead of our problems. However, more often than not, we find that it still isn't enough; and here's why: We are relying on our own strength and power. The good news is that God is much bigger than our problems and He wants to help us carry them. We just need to rely on Him and have faith that He will take care of all our needs. When we let go of the reigns and begin to fully trust in God by giving Him all of ourselves, seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, God will provide for you (Matthew 6:33).  Scripture assures us of this. 

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" ~Matthew 6:25-26
"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed the hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." ~Luke 12:6-7 
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." ~Matthew 10:29-31 
"I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it." ~Psalm 81:10 
 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." ~Matthew 6:33-34
Psalm 84:11, Philippians 4:19, John 14:13-14, Lamentations 3:22-25, 1 Timothy 6:17 


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