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8th Sunday – Gospel Illustration: Matthew 6:24-34 – God’s Gracious Providence

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Published on February 17, 2014

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8th Sunday – Gospel Illustration: Matthew 6:24-34 – God’s Gracious Providence
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God’s Gracious Providence Mt. 6:32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Parts From: Our Daily Bread, November 30, 1985

If we could look behind the unexpected events in our lives, we would be amazed to see God wonderfully providing for our needs. The insignificant turns in the road, the seemingly unimportant events, the often unexplained happenings—all are part of God’s loving care. His gracious providence is also evident in the tangible provisions of life. In Bristol, England, George Mueller operated an orphanage for two thousand children. One evening he became aware that there would be no breakfast for them the next morning. Mueller called his workers together and explained the situation. Two or three prayed. “Now that is sufficient,” he said. “Let us rise and praise God for prayer answered!” The next morning they could not push open the great front door.

So they went out the back door and around the building to see what was keeping it shut. Stacked up against the front door were boxes filled with food. One of the workers later remarked, “We know Who sent the baskets, but we don’t know who delivered them!” In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 6 verses 25-34 Jesus speaks about worry or Anxiety. Worry ignores the logic of life (v. 25) Worry ignores the value of life (v. 26) Worry ignores its own limitations (v. 27) Worry ignores God’s faithfulness (vv. 28–30) Worry ignores the love of God (vv. 31–33) Worry ignores the present (v. 34) The average person’s anxiety is focused on :

40% - things that will never happen 30% - things about the past that can’t be changed 12% - things about criticism by others, mostly untrue 10% - about health, which gets worse with stress 8% - about real problems that will be faced As we saw from the account of the orphanage without food, we need to tell God in prayer what we need and then wait for Him to act. Mt. 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? Pray, pray and pray some more but always pray with confidence in the Lord.

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