Friday, July 29, 2011

God Will Take Care of You (from the archives)

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

In our lives, it is easy to get caught up in worry – about big things and small, about circumstances in and out of our control. God has promised to take care of us, and to provide for us. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that we need not spend time and energy worrying!

"And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:25-34

Remember the deep, broad, high love of Christ? We can abide in that love and know that we are well cared for through every day, over all the way. There is not anywhere we can go that we will be out of His sight or His hearing – so cast your burdens on Him and He will give you rest.

Even in days of toil we can be assured that God will take care of us. Scripture exhorts us to be steadfast and immovable in our faith and encourages us that our toil is not in vain.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. I Corinthians 15:58

The hymnwriter reminds us that if we face fierce dangers, God will still take care of us – this reminds me of the apostle Paul. Most of us will be fortunate not to have to endure what he did for the gospel:

I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. II Corinthians 11:26-27

Although we may not face those dangers, there will be hard times in our life and we will have to make a choice – trust God, or trust ourselves. Will we be secure in knowing that the Lord will provide, or lean on ourselves and our fleshly desires and impulses to do what we think is best?

Verse three reminds us that all we have to do is ask. So often, I catch myself in this “trap.” Worrying about something and hoping for a particular outcome, and having not prayed about it! When I catch myself and then turn to God in prayer, it is such a relief to cast my burden upon Him and know that my Heavenly Father listens, and cares, about what I’ve brought to Him.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.
I John 3:21-23

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. I John 5:14-15

It doesn’t matter what may come up, or what we will face. God will take care of us. There is nothing that we can face that isn’t common to everyone else, and best of all, there is nothing we could face that Jesus doesn’t understand – we can run to Him for comfort, assurance and strength.

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. I Corinthians 10:13

Take some time today and think back over the instances in your life when you have seen God’s hand and His care for you personally. Then thank Him and praise Him for His faithfulness and provision.

God Will Take Care of You
Words by Civilla D. Martin

Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,
Through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

Through days of toil when your heart doth fail,
God will take care of you;
When dangers fierce your path assail,
God will take care of you.

All you may need He will provide,
God will take care of you;
Nothing you ask will be denied,
God will take care of you.

No matter what may be the test,
God will take care of you;
Lean, weary one, upon His breast,
God will take care of you.

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