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God speaks to us in our times of need, worry

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God speaks clearly. He really does.

This morning, one of my children came into the kitchen with that look on his face. You know, the look that says, “I have something on my mind, and it’s really bothering me, but I don’t know if I need to talk about it.”

So, I did what any concerned mother would do and asked, “What’s going on?”

The floodgates opened. He was worried about the events of the next few weeks. Worried about being financially stable. Worried about many, many things. He finished with, “I just don’t know what to do.”

So, I asked the question any concerned mother would ask: “Have you talked to the Lord about it?”

At that point, he left my side and headed back to his room. After a few minutes, I heard an exclamation, “No way!”

He sprinted back into the kitchen and showed me his phone. I glared searchingly at the screen and saw that he had opened a “Verse of the Day” app. It said, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” Matthew 6:34.

How cool is that? God spoke succinctly and directly to my little one — who isn’t so little anymore — this very day through His word. I love it, and I love Him for it.

So, did that mean my child was just supposed to “throw off your cares! Don’t make plans! Just live for today!” Not at all.

When we look at the whole counsel of the Word in this instance, we can see clearly what God was saying. “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:31-34)

Placed in context, we see verse 31 clearly means that we are to put our trust in — to desperately seek after — Christ first and foremost — to trust that He will care for us and help us make right decisions on a daily basis. Then we don’t have to worry about tomorrow and what comes our way.

I’m so glad He chose to speak to my child so directly.

Guess what? He wants to speak to you, as well — and to me, if I will let Him! So why not stay a little longer with Him in His word today? Sit a little more quietly and listen more intently for His voice. Read more than just one verse, and if you don’t understand what you are reading, ask someone you trust to explain it to you.

Then, hear Him speak. I love it when He does that. Don’t you?

Prayer: “Father, thank You for speaking to me. Thank You that if I ask, You will answer and that if I seek You, You will be found. I love You, Lord.”

Steve and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and