Recently, we’ve been going through some hardships. Building (and writing about) the homestead came to an abrupt halt and we had to take a pause. If you think about, maybe say a prayer for us.
It was one of those moments we had to turn to the Bible for encouragement. One passage that has helped me over the years is found in the gospel of Luke. It says:
And he (Jesus) said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”(Luke 12:22-31, ESV)
Whether or not you’re going through a trial, these verses have a lot to offer. Here, we see God’s companionship, mercy, provision and love – all of which we need every day.
So, next time you experience something difficult, remember the words of Luke 12:22-31. Not only is it comforting but it also directs your focus on God instead of your situation.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”
“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flied by day.”