|“We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.” Francis Chan
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
If you have children, in all likelihood, when they were young they did not worry about where they were going to sleep that night, nor where the next meal would come from. They felt they did not have to, for it was under your care. Most children don’t even think about such matters. Granted, many children in the world are hungry and cold, simply because they have no parents, or their parents are too poverty stricken to provide.
The degree to which you become preoccupied with what you eat and wear, and where you will lodge at night, reflects one of three things: First, you feel you have no Parent providing for you. Second, He is so impoverished that He cannot provide. Third, you have a Parent who can provide, but wants you to take care of your own needs. If you are a child of God, you know that He can easily provide. The only remaining question is, will He provide or does He want you to do it?
Jesus said, ‘Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”293 Again the Savior assures you, “Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”294
When you live acting like your daily needs are your responsibility, you offend your Heavenly Father as surely as you would be offended if your child questioned your ability to provide.
293 Matthew 6:31-32
Psalm 87-88 Romans 13 (New King James Version)
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