And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink;
do not worry about it.
For the pagan world runs after all such things,
and your Father knows that you need them.
But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
The people of God were desperate in the desert after three days and they didn’t understand how God could provide for their thirst. After transforming the bitter water to sweet drinking water, Yahweh leads his people to an abundant oasis of seventy palm trees and twelve springs. If we are His own, we can do more than survive. Jesus promises, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this, he meant the Spirit… (John 7:37-38)
Every other thirst or desire that would overwhelm us and control us needs to be put into His loving hands. This promise of abundant, living water is for anyone who will come to Jesus. We need to be careful that we are coming to Him first, not relying on others, ourselves, or our comforts. No career, possession, relationship, romance, book, food, entertainment, alcohol, or experience can take the place of the Holy Spirit to satisfy your thirst and give you overflowing, eternal water from the life-giver Himself.
The hungry people did not know that God would go on providing manna and quail every day, for 40 years, they only had the evidence of today. God’s desire is that we trust Him one day at a time, believing He is with us, He is good and He is Lord over today. We do not need to live bound by worry for tomorrow as though we have no one who sees our needs, no one who can fight for us, no one who can meet us in the deepest concerns of our hearts. Jesus says we have a loving Father who knows our needs, our battles and our hearts. We are free to seek His kingdom, to set our hearts first on His ways and His rule. We are free to look outward towards the needs of others, free to live for what lasts forever, into eternity instead of being controlled by every need we have today. Jesus says He can free from worry, not because there is nothing to worry about tomorrow, but because our loving Father has our tomorrows in His mighty and careful hands. Whatever your circumstances, Jesus wants us to pray “give us today our daily bread”; God wants us to trust Him one day at a time.
Pray that you and those you are praying for will receive the Father’s love so that you can believe he sees your needs. Pray that you and they will come to the caring Father to provide all that is needed practically, spiritually and emotionally one day at a time and trust him with tomorrow. Pray that you and they will not be led by fear or the need to control every need but you will be freed to set your mind and heart on the eternal kingdom.
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