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Fear Knot? Fear Not.

Tuesday, January 16th
Fear Knot? Fear Not!
By: Shirley Davis

Probably most of us are familiar with this very famous passage from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is telling us not to be worried or preoccupied about what we eat or what to wear. For many of us here in the USA, we may understand this passage as a cautionary teaching to NOT focus on material needs but instead to focus on the more spiritual aspects of God’s Kingdom. But for those who literally do NOT know where their next meal is coming from (either here or in so many other parts of the world) even Jesus’ words in verse 25 seem extremely hard to swallow!

“So, I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it.” (ERV)

Many years ago, though, I used to repeat this whole passage almost daily in my prayers! My hardworking husband and I were doing our utmost to provide for our 6 small children with an unreliable income from our very small business. Soon after our marriage, we had determined that we would not tell others of our needs, but only tell God, trusting that HE would answer our prayers and provide for us. He never let us down – but that did not mean that we didn’t experience the “fear knot” in our stomach each time we faced an unexpected financial need, or once again literally did not know what we would eat for dinner!
I have spent many days (and nights!) wrestling with my fears and doubts as I read and prayed through this passage, CHOOSING to believe that God’s Word is true! It is truly frightening when you have no idea what you can give your children to eat as the noon hour approaches! We have been out-on-a-limb SO many times, but steadfastly chose to trust God – and not only can I say that He has never let us down, but I could also literally talk for hours, recounting amazing stories of how He supplied our needs! There were a few times when we ate a meal late (or ate an unusual dinner!) but God always provided, and as a result, our faith and trust in Him have only grown stronger through the years. Our Heavenly Father is faithful and WILL take care of us if we will only dare to trust Him!

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