This Devotional is part of our “Can’t Quarantine the Gospel” series where members of the church are contributing morning Quiet times during this time of Social Distancing. Today is Day 16 of our series. Any of the Devotionals can be read as a stand alone quiet time. You can see more devotionals here
By Nicole Chevalier
I’ve been studying the book of Psalms and marveling at the consistency of the Bible. The words in Psalms are echoed throughout other books in the Old Testament and throughout Jesus words and the letters to the Churches in the New Testament. Today, I am thankful for that consistency, reminder and encouragement about God’s care.
Q: Before we get started how confident are you in how much God cares about you and cares for you personally?
Meditate on the following passages:
“Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.”
“O Israel, stay away from idols!
I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you.
I am like a tree that is always green;
all your fruit comes from me.”
1 peter 5:7
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you”
Q: What are your worries right now?
Q: How can we give our worries over to God so that they do not weigh us down?
Are you trying to give them over to God? If so, how? Are you sharing them with others, so they can help you give them over to God?
As much as I try to cling to the scriptures, I often need others to help me to actually live them out. While I can know that God is caring for me, it can be a struggle for me to act on that fact when I don’t feel like I’m being cared for or I just don’t like what’s happening around me or to me.
Q: How does the way we act change when we are confident that God cares deeply for us?
A Reminder from Jesus:
In Matthew 6:30-34(AMP), Jesus reminds his disciples about God being the one that cares for us.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Take a moment to think about your thoughts lately. What is dominating them? Do you believe that God knows what you need and will provide it? Be honest with yourself and God about your thoughts. (Thankfully God already knows our thoughts so he’s never surprised. Psalm 139:2
Imagine God caring for you personally:
- Imagine him looking at your every move and moving things out of your path so you don’t hurt yourself.
- Imagine him smiling proudly as you grow and have breakthroughs in your spiritually maturity go after repentance.
- Imagine him crying with you as you experience pain in your life.
- Imagine him breaking down every wall just to get to you and rescue you.
Today’s Spiritual Game plan:
- Pick one person to call and talk to about everything you are feeling
- Pray together
- Help each other with advice or encouragement