Scripture admonishes us not to get caught up in our own worries and fears, not to lean on our own understanding.  In Proverbs 3:5-6, we are told, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” When we lean on our own plans, our own worries, and our own fears, we are not trusting in the Lord, not allowing Him to have complete control, and we are not giving our complete trust in Him, abiding in the knowledge of how powerful He is, how greatly He loves us, and the fact that His Tremendous Love will ensure that “all things word together for good” to those of us who love Him and follow Him in faith daily.  Moreover, we know from 1 John 4:18 that “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”  If we continue to fear, this merely means that God needs to work on us a little more through His sanctification training program in which He teaches us His principles through daily practice and builds up His Spirit in us more every day as well. 

And it also means that we are still dwelling in our own understanding, not leaning on Him, not trusting in Him, not relinquishing control to Him.  Because once God has built up enough of His Spirit in us, once He has trained us enough through countless training situations where we apply His principles to our lives and the lives of others, and once we see in practice that His Truths are real and thus become completely convinced experientially of His Truths, then we gradually let go of the fears and ignorance that have kept us in bondage in all areas of our lives.  When we reach those points of maturity, we look back on our old fears and cannot remember why we were afraid.  Like looking back at a naïve childhood fear, we look back and cannot understand why those things had a hold on us because God has renewed our minds and hearts, replacing our thoughts and feelings with His thoughts and Godly emotions.  We often do not see these little victories in the present as our perception is clouded by our own ignorance, but over time, we can look back many months or years into our past and recognize the changes in us.

Lastly, when we worry, we forget just how great God’s love is, and how tremendously He loves us and wants the best for us.  God has taught me about His great love through many things, including a simple pleasure which I have been enjoying for a few years now.  I have had the pleasure of feeding birds for the last few years at our little feeding station in back of our house.  I get great enjoyment in knowing that I am providing food for these sweet little creatures, and I have come to love them and to enjoy tremendously watching them come and go and have enjoyed their songs that are now all around our house at almost all hours of the day.  I enjoy their funny habits and their beauty, the multitude of different colors and shapes.  I can see how people become so enthused about birds, many developing a life-long love of these creatures as shown in the 2011 movie The Big Year, with several big stars, including Jack Black, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and even narrated in the beginning by John Cleese of Monty Python.  But as much as these people love the little creatures, and as much as I have come to love them as well, I know that God loves them even more and is concerned about every such creature on the face of the planet that He has created. 

In Matthew 6:26-34, Jesus taught us that God loves and cares for all things in His creation, including all the creatures of the field.  Just as I have loved these small, wonderful creatures, I know that God loves them even more and cares not just for a small number of them as I am doing, but he cares for every creature on the face of the planet and makes sure that they all have food to eat.  Yet, as much as God loves and cares for these creatures, Jesus taught in this passage that God loves us much more.  So if He loves us even more than these simple creatures that He cares for so lovingly, then we know without a doubt that He will take care of us and ensure that we have all we need.  We just need to remember His tremendous love for us and to abide in Him and to let Him into our lives for every second of every day and even ask for His help on the most mundane things that concern us, laying all of our cares upon Him, because He truly cares very deeply for us (Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7). Lastly, if we seek Him out first and place Him above all things in our lives, He will not only give us our daily requirements for food, shelter, safety, etc., but He will also give us the deepest desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4), not the lusts of an impure heart, but rather the deep desires of a pure heart that seeks Him – those very things that we long after and long to be in our heart but think will never happen.  He often surprises us in granting those deep desires because He loves giving gifts to His beloved children.   

I pray that you will place God first in all the areas of your life, making Him the highest God above all things in your life and your highest desire.  And I pray that God will reward your faithfulness by granting all the deepest desires of your heart. 

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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