The first reading from 2 Chronicles 24:17-25 talks about worshiping idols. I would like to think that I do not worship idols but I have many “things” that I can go to in substitution of God. These things I know only bring an instant of fulfillment where God is everlasting. It amazes me that I can keep going back to “things” and away from what gives me a peace and joy the brightens the world around me.
The Gospel of Matthew 6:24-34 enlightens me to understand that my faith journey is just that, a journey and I read this … “So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”
There was a time I felt very desperate as to how I could possibly keep up with my bills. Even though I have considered myself a prayerful man, sometimes my prayers can be just words to say with no real relationship and surrender to God. Desperation was a really good gift for me as I had to go to God and basically say “I can’t do it.” Long story short, ideas came, companies stepped up to help and this area has been manageable for a long time….until today???
On my drive to work I began contemplating some unexpected expenses and just the cost of my daily living. It appears in my mind that in time, I am going to “run out” living the way I do. Going back to the Gospel today, Jesus, right before the passage I shared says … “O you of little faith?” Was he talking to me? You can bet my bottom dollar he was. We give a lot of advice to each other on our blogs which I am thankful for because our Lord speaks to us through each other. If I can sum up all of the advice I have received from you, it would be “Trust in the Lord.” I am sure that is what he is telling me today.
Have a blessed weekend!