Fresh Hope – 12th May 2020

Are you fearful? Anxious? Worried? It’s possible that during the past several weeks, these emotions have played a role in your life.
Maybe you’re worried about finance, anxious about your safety, fearful of what the future holds for you and your family.

Today I want to turn your attention to what I believe is an antidote to your anxiety, and that is, going for a walk. Now hear me out…this is far more than a ‘the fresh air will do you good’ kind of encouragement. I actually believe that peace and assurance can be found in you simply stepping outside and making the following observation.

When Jesus addressed the subject of worry, in the space of just ten Bible verses, He used the words ‘do not worry’ three times. (That’s a high level of emphasis!). But not only was that His instruction, He then gave us an exercise.
He said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.“ He then turns our attention to another part of nature. “See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon (the richest man to ever live) in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.”

Then He poses a rhetorical question, “Are you not much more valuable than they?” The answer to that is yes friend, you are far more valuable to God than the birds and the flowers.

So what is Jesus getting at? The next time you start to feel fearful, anxious or worried, or even before those emotions try to work their way in, go for a walk. And while you’re on that walk, observe the birds and the flowers. Notice how the birds’ every need (who doesn’t have a savings account) is met. Notice how the flowers, who’ve never passed exams or held down a job look so incredibly stunning. And then ask yourself this: ‘If that is how God looks after them, despite them not being as valuable to Him as I, how much more will He look after me, who is of far greater value to Him?’

Today, allow fear, worry and anxiety to lose their grip over your life as you understand that what God creates, He takes care of.

Caleb Burchell

A daily devotion for a better way of living.