Early one morning, I was spending time with God in prayer and Bible reading. At the end of this time, I asked God, “What do I need to hear from you today?” In the silence, I immediately noticed the chirping of the birds. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, I turned to Matthew 6:26 and began reading.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?…But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:26-27, 33).
Are you worried today? How about your spouse or kids?
As I reflected on this passage, I was reminded that we serve a great God. And one of the ways to combat our worry is to be reminded of who God is in our lives. This is a good reminder for us and should be shared with our families as well.
When worry creeps into your life, your spouse’s life, or child’s life, remember:
- God is good and He cares for you. “and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”
- God is faithful and provides. “and all these things will be given to you…” His name in the Old Testament is Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides.
We, as parents, can help our children to deal with worry and understand these promises in their lives. Below I have listed two ways to remind your children that God is good and faithful.
This weekend, I went on a bike ride to the Arboretum with my youngest daughter, Molly. One of her favorite things to do is feed the geese, ducks, fish, and turtles in the pond. As we fed the turtles, I reminded her of the goodness and greatness of God through His creation of animals, flowers, and trees.
We need to share our stories about God’s faithfulness in our past. My wife and I share with our kids how God has provided for us. Some examples including paying the bills when the income was not enough, anonymous checks or cash that we have received at just the right time when we had two mortgage payments, and receiving two cars as gifts when our current vehicles were starting to fall apart.
Remember God is good and He cares for you and He is a faithful Provider!
How can you remind your family that God is good, faithful, and provides today?
By J.L. Martin
Husband to Bethany
Dad of 1 boy, 3 girls
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member
Pastor of Children and Family at Hesston MB Church