Daily Archives: January 7, 2014

Genesis 18 – 19, Matthew 6

In very truth we can render to God no greater or more signal proofs or our trust and faithfulness, than by thus turning from things created to find our joy, though for a single moment, in the Creator.  – Brother Lawrence

“O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread that you may refresh yourselves…” Genesis 18:3 – 5a)

Abraham immediately responds as a servant quickly wanting to care for his visitors.

Sarah diligently works behind the scenes to prepare cakes with fine flour for the guests.

Sarah remains in the tent busily working to do all that Abraham asked her. Meanwhile the guests bring a message from God to Abraham – Sarah will give birth to a son. Upon hearing this Sarah responds in laughter because of her old age and even denies her laughter out of fear. (Genesis 18:10 – 15)

I can relate to Sarah’s laughter wholeheartedly because God does not do things according to my plan many times. God calls each of us to trust Him with HIS plan even when in the moment it is easy to be fearful.

Matthew 6 tells us to lay up our treasures in heaven where moth and rust will not destroy; yet how many times do I place my trust in earthly things? Since the earth is filled with corruption it leaves me filled with worry when I place my trust here in earth. When I say, “I can do this, fix this, solve this problem in my own strength…” that is when my treasure is not stored up in heaven. This mindset brings anxiety and fear, the same fear that caused Sarah to laugh, fear of the unknown or seemingly impossible situation.

What is remarkable is that God already knows my natural tendency to worry. He says, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds… your father feeds them… consider the lilies of the field, how they grow,” (Matthew 6:25 – 34). God is good. He provides for my needs. He says store your treasures in Him.

There is no need for anxiety if I take the time to remember that the God of the universe is a trustworthy provider.

“We ought to cease for one brief moment, as often as we can, to worship God in the depth of our being…” (Brother Lawrence) this and this alone will allow me to be at peace with my treasures stored in Him.

Father be near to me. Hold my treasures in your hands. May I delight in your presence so that there is no room for anxiety or fear when I am faced with the unknown.  

Lisa

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