Over the years I have watched the Lord lead me to so many victories. I have been amazed at the process. This is truly a “long obedience in the same direction,” as Eugene Peterson would put it. Yet, I keep struggling with one basic thing.
A habit I have in my reading is staying in touch with the gospels regularly. I make sure I stay challenged with the words of Jesus because they do challenge me, especially when it comes to my hardest struggle.
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… (Luke 12:22)
Worry is my biggest struggle. Having enough is somehow my biggest struggle. So I need the gospel of Jesus to constantly remind me of his wonderful provision and care.
25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? (Luke 12:25-26)
I need the constant reminders to ease my heart and settle my spirit. When I read these words of Jesus, I hear him call me to trust. I hear him call me to rest. My task is to seek his Kingdom. He knows what is going on. He knows what I need.
30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. (Luke 12:30-31)
Father, help me rest in your great care for me!