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Daily Devotional: Monday, May 2 - Daily Provisions

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” — Luke 12:25

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Children play all day long and don’t worry about a thing. They trust adults to take care of them. On the other hand, adults are anxious about the future and the situation of our world.

Why do we worry so much? Jesus said worrying keeps us busy but doesn’t get us anywhere. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” (Luke 12:25). If we trust God, then we have more peace of mind in a changing and uncertain world.

When the Lord sent food from Heaven to earth for the Israelites for 40 years in the barren wilderness, He showed all generations that God is able to provide for all people in all times and all places. The people survived because the Lord provided food and water daily. It did not seem possible, but God specializes in doing impossible tasks. “They asked, and he brought them quail; he fed them well with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed like a river in the desert” (Psalm 105:40-41).

When circumstances shake us, the Lord reminds us that He is the solid rock to hold us up always and forever. Psalm 18:2 says, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Therefore, we don’t trust in our own strength and knowhow. We look to God for wisdom and power. “Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God” (2 Corinthians 3:4-5).

When we understand who God is and what He already did for others, then we are confident in God’s ability and trustworthiness. Even though He doesn’t always come as soon as we want Him to come help, the Lord is more reliable than the daily sunshine. God provides at the right time when we pray and work while we wait. “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture” (Psalm 37:3).

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia

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