Do not worry about the future. It makes no sense to worry if God loves you and has taken care of you. However, when God blesses you, remember to keep your eyes on Him and not on the blessing. Enjoy your blessings day by day just as the Israelites enjoyed their manna, but do not try to store the blessings for the future. Sometimes in this life of faith, God will remove His blessings from you. But remember that He knows how and when to replace them either through the ministry of others or by Himself.

Admit it – in a tough situation your first emotional reflex is to take control. We all want control. You want to live with the assurance that everything will be okay and the things that are not right can be fixed with concentrated effort. Secretly you think, if I plan carefully and labour enough I can get myself out of any ditch. Or we say, ‘I can’t give up this thing, it is my only hope’.

The problem comes when the ground shakes harder than you expected, or the shovel you are using to dig yourself out breaks. God lets things like this happen for an important reason. He wants you to recognize that He is in control. Whatever you hold too tightly, you will lose, so why not willingly let go and receive a blessing for it? The Lord does not want merely to be the resource you call on when you are in trouble. God wants to be your all sufficient Lord, Master, Saviour and Friend. He knows you intimately. He formed your very cells and fibres. He has a good plan for every day of your life and He knows how to get you there. So do not hold too tightly to your qualifications, job, salary, beauty and friend’s circle.

A woman trapped in a burning building stood on a ledge, several stories from the ground, even when the fireman climbed a ladder to get her, she would not release her grip from the ledge, and she remained frozen in fear.  Finally after the fireman talked to her firmly and gently the woman understood he was there to help. Only then she let go and released herself into his care. She was saved from the flames.

Are you hanging on to another support system besides the Lord? He longs for you to release yourself into His control and eternal support. When you feel ready to yield wholly to the Lord, Psalm 56:3,4 provides a wonderful model prayer, “Whenever I am afraid, I will not fear. What can flesh do to me”?  

Are you hanging on to another support system besides the Lord? Give it away for the Lord shall sustain you!