January 8 - Food for Thought

Devotional Scripture: Matthew 6:25-26

Central Thought: We really have nothing to worry about.

    When I read Matthew 6:25-26, I picture an old man who each day takes a break from his duties to sit on a park bench and toss pieces of bread to pigeons. The pigeons learn that the old man will be there each day to supply their food, so each day they gather to eat from his hand. Then at the end of each feeding, the old man stands and walks away. His break is over, and the day's more important duties beckon, leaving the birds to go their separate ways, to spend the rest of the day taking care of themselves.

    Then I picture our heavenly Father and His children. Like the old man in the park, He delights in the opportunity to meet needs, in knowing that the hungry know He is their reliable source for nourishment. But unlike the old man in the park, God does not rise to walk away. He stays all day, dispensing His never-ending supply of the Bread of Life. He stays because there is nothing more important awaiting Him.

    Worry is a sign that we have wandered away from the man on the park bench—from God—that we have strayed from Him and that it is time to return to the One who has promised to meet all of our needs. When worry sets in, we need to picture God sitting on His throne, outstretched hand offering exactly what we need, waiting for us to return. We know where to find Him, because He is always there waiting for us.

Devotional Prayer: God, thank You for continually supplying my needs even when I may not be aware it's You.

Today's Bible Reading: Genesis 5:1-7:24; Matthew 3:7 – 4:11; Psalm 3:1-8; Proverbs 1:10-19