Another year is coming to an end, and your thoughts may have been as mine, “a year like no other in my lifetime.” It has been a time to deepen your faith and learn to rely on the promises of God. When life doesn’t go as we have planned, it is tempting to worry and try to figure out solutions on your own.
However, Jesus gave some words to the disciples that we need to adopt. Matthew 6:25–30 (NLT) “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?
God is always there for you.
“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”
God wants us to depend upon Him. However, we often neglect to do that until we encounter a situation that is out of our control. It is only then that we cry out to the Lord. I’m reminded of an incident that happened when my youngest grandson, Wesley, was five years old. I taught my children at a young age that Jesus was always there to help them in any situation they might encounter.
Wesley had heard his mother say many times, “Help me Jesus.” One day our daughter, Denise, was sitting at the kitchen table. Wesley could sense she was distraught about something. He leaned over, patted her on the shoulder, and said, “Help her Jesus.” Out of the mouths of babes comes great wisdom!
Jesus is always there to help us. Oftentimes, we do not realize that the Lord desires to help us with the natural things of life. Have you ever misplaced an item and then became frantic trying to find it? I certainly have more than once. In previous times, when all else failed, I turned to the Lord and asked Him to help me find it. I now ask Him first rather than frustrating myself and wasting time.
Several years ago, I had misplaced something that was valuable. I frantically looked for it and immediately asked the Lord to help me find it. However, I was so distraught about losing it that my mind was not quiet enough to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Suddenly Psalm 46:10 came to me, “Be still, and know that I am God!” I realized in order to hear God’s voice, I had to quieten my mind.
What I heard next astounded me. The Lord said, “Go look in the trash can in the garage.” My first thought was, “Lord, I’m not that stupid.” However, I was so desperate to recover the item that I went to the garage, looked in the trash can, and there it was. It pays to listen to the Holy Spirit.
During this Christmas season, look to the Lord to help you. Often a lot of time is consumed trying to find the right Christmas presents for your family. Ask the Lord to redeem your time and direct you to the right store or website that will accomplish that assignment.
Many years ago, I had the Christmas list for my children. One gift Denise wanted was a Cabbage Patch doll. I had no idea how popular they had become and how scarce they were. I looked everywhere in Tulsa to no avail, and the internet was not in existence.
Finally, I went to Dallas to see my parents and to find a Cabbage Patch doll. After going to several stores, I realized that God would have to direct me to the right place. As I pulled up to a store, I saw ladies in a line waiting for something.
I inquired as to what they were waiting on. It was a Cabbage Patch doll delivery. Praise the Lord, Denise got the desire of her heart. God is always there for you. Depend upon Him this Christmas season, and you will find that the holidays will be more enjoyable. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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