John 8:32 – And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (NKJV)
I felt as if someone had splashed cold water on my face, and woke me up to a brand new concept, when the guest speaker on a Christian television programme spoke those words: "Remember, God is your provider! Not your employer; not your bank; and not even your spouse." Until then, as a stay-at-home mom, depending solely on my husband's income, I'd spent sleepless nights whenever uncertainty threatened our financial stability.
Now, seeing God as my provider brought tremendous relief and consolation to my soul. I felt free, and lighter. My attitude towards circumstances took a new turn. The truth really set me free from worry and anxiety. For the first time, I realized that quoting scriptures, and truly believing them, can be two different things. I can be a scholar in Biblical studies, but unless and until I grasp the truth, and live by it, my life will not be much different from that of an unbeliever. Only the truth has the power to set us free from our bondage to worry.
Jobs come and go; financial markets rise and fall; spouses may leave or die. But God neither changes nor deserts us. Provisions do not go dry in His storehouse. When we grasp that concept, we no longer need to shudder at the thought of losing a job, or to walk around like zombies when uncertainty threatens our future. It's easily said, but hard to put into practice, we might say. But it's a choice we have to make. We can focus on our problems, and live a stressful life, or we can focus on God's promises, and live a stress-free life in His strength.
Prayer: Lord, help us to believe Your words whole-heartedly. Teach us how to focus on Your promises, and live victoriously. Amen.