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            “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:24-34 NKJV).

 

            In 1918, James S. Wells wrote the song “Living by Faith.”  He pointed out that life may be filled with many hard times; but as long as we have the Lord in our lives we have no need to worry about the little things. James wrote, “Tho’ tempests may blow and the storm-clouds arise, Obscuring the brightness of life, I’m never alarmed at the over-cast skies, The master looks on at the strife.”

 

            Jesus and His disciples were crossing the sea when a great storm came and the ship was filling with water. Jesus was sleeping in the back of the ship. The disciples began to fear for their lives. Mark recorded, “And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake Him, and say unto Him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:38-40). When we fail to trust God, the storms of life will often cause us to worry and become afraid. Because of this fear many blame God and some even leave the safety that He gives to His followers. The wise man wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

            James Wells wrote that he didn’t worry about the storms of life because he knew that the Lord would help him through the difficult times. He acknowledged the power of the Lord over all of creation and stated that there was no need for worry. He wrote, “I care not today what the morrow may bring, If shadow or sunshine or rain, The Lord I know ruleth o’er ev-er-y-thing, and all of my worry is vain. I know that He safely will carry me thro’, no matter what evils betide, Why should I then care tho’ the tempests may blow, If Jesus is close to my side.” The chorus of the song states, “Living by faith, In Jesus above, Trusting, confiding in His great love; From all harm safe in His sheltering arm, I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.”

 

            When Peter and John were arrested for preaching in the name of Jesus, the religious leaders threatened them and forbid them to talk to anyone about Him. Luke recorded, “And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:18-20). Later when they had revealed to the brethren how they had been treated by the religious leaders, we are told that they cried out to God saying, “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word, By stretching forth Thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of Thy holy child Jesus” (Acts 4:29-30).

 

            In his first letter to Timothy, Paul wrote, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (I Timothy 6:7-9). Paul wrote that he was content because the Lord strengthened him. He told the brethren at Philippi “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:11-13). In the letter to the Hebrew brethren we are told, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

 

            Are you giving your all to the Lord (Romans 12:1-2)?  If you would have the peace of God in your life, you must cast your cares on Him and trust Him as He leads you in the path of righteousness (I Peter 5:7).

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