Devotional Thoughts:

Dig Deeper
 

After the Israelites left Egypt, they must have been anxious about many things (read Exodus 19). 


“Will we have enough water?”

“What do we do if an enemy attacks us?  None of us are warriors.”

“How will we feed a few million people in the desert?”

“Is Moses the right person to lead us?”


God came upon Mount Sinai in a powerful and awesome display of who He is.  The lightning, trumpet sound, smoke, loud voice, earthquake and fire all said - there is no need to worry because you have the all powerful God of the universe, creator of all things on your side.


God even shows His people that He has resources and solutions that they have never thought about.  The people may be thinking that they need fields of grain to make bread and God sends manna like dew in the morning.  The people may have been looking for clouds in the sky to produce rain and God splits open a rock, of all things, and out comes a reservoir of water.


Are you concerned about finances, employment, health, or family issues?  Listen to what God says: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 4:6-7)


The Israelites needed to realize that their God was mighty, powerful, awesome and even a little scary.  They needed to recognize that God loved them so much that He loved, protected and carried them like an eagle does with her young. Then they needed to learn to trust that God.


Like the Israelites, we need to catch a vision of who God is and then learn to trust Him with the things that are making us anxious.

 

“Sometimes the Lord calms the storm; sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.” - anonymous


You can read this quote and love this quote, but you can only realize its power when you live this quote!

Consider How God Has Helped You In The Past

Consider That God Hasn’t Changed

Consider That God Is  Loving God

Confidence For The Current Crisis

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Malachi 3:6a 

"For I am the Lord, I change not.

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Matt. 6:25-34  "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 food, and the body 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 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.

Formula For Dealing With Stress

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Dave Lyman

Stress is two forces moving in opposite directions.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

1 Chronicles 16:12  Remember the wonders He has done!

(Deut 8:2,

Ps 77:11)

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