October 2, 2018

Hope for Times of Worry and Uncertainty

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 2, 2018

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.   Matthew 6:25-34

Have you ever been so overcome with worry that you can’t sleep, and your mind is spinning with concerns about how the future will work out? Have you mentally tried to put the pieces of your future life together because you are struggling to trust the Lord? Oh, boy! Have I been there. There are times in life when worry comes knocking that it can be a challenge to calm one’s mind and just rest in the Lord’s love. Perhaps in those moments, He would say to you and me…  

When you try to arrange the pieces of your future where I have not illuminated the path before you, you’ll be in torment. (Isaiah 30:15)

I will care for you each step of the way. I am caring for you now, and I will take care of then, just as I always have. To cease from worry means you’ll be able to rest in peace. But why do you worry so? I will never leave you and I will never forsake you.

I will only illuminate the path directly in front of you and it will always be this way while you are on the earth. When you allow your mind to dwell on a bad report or the awful things that could happen in the future, you aren’t living in my love, and you are imagining moments wherein I have not yet given you my light. (Philippians 4:8)

I only give daily bread.

So, stay in the moment. Live in the present. Focus your mind directly on the decisions directly before you, not on those tasks next week, next month, or next year. That part of your path has not yet been illuminated. My grace is for now. It’s in the now. It’s always in the now. When tomorrow is today, you’ll find grace there too, but not until then. Only then will I give you the grace to do what you need to do. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Rest in my love. I will never leave you. I will never forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5-6). I will provide all your needs and give you strength and wisdom for tasks and decisions as you have need—and not until then. (Philippians 4:19)

Stay in today. I am here.

I love you.

Jesus

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

Prayer

Lord, please help me to stay in the day and to focus on just what is ahead of me. You will take care of each day as I have need. Praise you, Jesus.


Application

Pour your worries out to the Lord and tell Him that you trust Him. Finally, consider the Lord’s faithfulness for the problems you have had in the past and praise Him for the answers that are coming.


Related Reading

Psalm 55:22; 1 John 5:14-15; Psalm 23:1; Hebrews 11:1


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Comments

  1. Jim Barton says:

    What version was the scripture used for Isaiah 30:15?

    1. Gwynne says:

      Good morning Jim. Thank you for reaching out to us with your question. In Shana’s devotional, at that particular point in her writing, she is speaking to the reader (and to herself) as if God is telling her to be calm and rest in the Lord and to stop worrying. The sentences previous to that point are describing times when she (or we) do not trust in the Lord but try to take our problems on ourselves (most of the times, haphazardly…)
      When she writes “When you try to arrange the pieces of your future where I have not illuminated the path before you, you’ll be in torment”, she is suggesting this may be something the Lord would say to her (or us) to drive home the point; “Wait for me to go before you with my Perfect plan”. She references Isaiah 30:15 to make her message to us about not waiting on Him, even clearer.
      Now, did I help you better understand or make it even more confusing? (which I have been know to do at times). I hope I made it clearer, but if not, let’s continue the conversation if you would like. (gwynne@wisdomhunters.com)
      Jim, I thought this devotional was a great reminder to realize that our Father if there for us to help us in the paths we are going, we just need to wait and ask Him first. Boy, did I need to be reminded of that!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to ask. We are grateful for you Jim and look forward to hearing from you again.
      Praying for ears to hear and eyes to see,
      Gwynne
      “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Isreal, says:
      In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust in your strength,
      but you will have none of it.”
      Isaiah 30:15

      “Ears to hear and eyes that see-the Lord has made them both.”
      Proverb 20:12


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