There are times when God withholds something from us that shakes our confidence in Him. Is there something that He has withheld from you—a relationship, a job, or a material possession?
Only He knows why the answer to your prayers has not yet been given. Seek Him and wait for Him to reveal His will for you. Know that He is a loving Father who is working out everything for your ultimate good and His glory. Our heavenly Father knows what we need—even better than we do.
Our heavenly Father knows what we need—even better than we do.
There are also times when we withhold from God. While God withholds for our good, when we withhold from God, it harms us. It creates the perfect condition for worry and anxiety. This is why Jesus exhorted us: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven" (Matthew 6:19-20a).
God has provided the solution for anxiety and worry: You are to trust Him and use the possessions and gifts He gives you for His glory.
You may not think you can turn away from feelings of worry, doubt, and anxiety, but you can! You are more than a conqueror through the love of Christ Jesus (see Romans 8:37). When you know and love God and have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have the assurance of eternal victory.
Don't be anxious about life. If you are lacking anything, seek first God's Kingdom and His righteousness, and He will provide for your every need (see Matthew 6:33).
Prayer: God, help me to trust You even when it seems that You are withholding something from me. Help me to make sure that I am not withholding anything from You. Help me to turn away from worry and anxiety today. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:33-34).
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