Each week, we present the inspirational words of one of our partners in the form of a devotional.  This week’s devotional was written by Tim Howe.The Word:
“And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.  But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.  Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:29-32 (NASB)
The Story:
I knew a man that was laid off unexpectedly after 8 years with his company.  Many thoughts were on his mind; with his growing family of five to feed.  With a house note, car note, child care bills due, food expenses and other bills, he became a little antsy after three months of job searching with no prospects in sight.   This man had two different ways to deal with the situation. He could’ve taken matters into his own hand. But, he decided to rely on God by trusting the Lord with the needs of his family.

The Reflection:  
Many of us may have been in his situation before.  Whether the struggle is financial or another issue, we have to consider if we will continue to trust God. Are we secure in God’s love? How are we demonstrating our trust in God when situations arise? Are we seeking the Lord’s will first, and prioritizing His agenda before our own?

The Application:
After reading this scripture in Luke and considering what God provided for us because He loved us, we can know how valuable we are to Him, and that He will surely provide our needs. This week, when difficult situations arise, let our first step be to turn to the Lord and ask Him the direction He wants us to take.

The Prayer:
Lord, I know that You care for us and that we mean more to You than the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.  We thank You for providing for us.  Lord, help us to remember to focus on Your agenda and Your kingdom by trusting in Your will. Amen.