The Grateful Heart (Day 7)
The Grateful Heart is a two-week long devotional series dedicated to guiding women towards finding a grateful heart during difficult seasons of life and equipping them with the tools they need to take back their joy.
Fostering Faith Amongst Anxiety
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
One of my favorite parts of the Bible is found in Matthew 14:13-21. This is when Jesus had found Himself surrounded by a crowd so hungry and so longing just to be in His presence and hear what He had to say that they had followed Him to a solitary and far off place. In their hunger for Him they ended up finding themselves hungry for food and without place or provision to go to.
Instead of turning them away, Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish in His hands. He gave thanks, broke the bread, and gave it to the disciples to distribute. He gave thanks before the provision, yet knew all the more that because of who His Father is, that He would always make a way.
Later on, in Luke 22:19, the disciples are found sitting around a table with Jesus. They were there to share a Passover meal and could feel the tension of their anxiety as it clashed with political uprise that they could see starting to unfold anywhere they went with Jesus.
Their human flesh was hungry for peace and for joy, but that hunger was met by a greater hunger for the peace and joy that radiated their Jesus. It says in Luke 22:19 that he gave thanks, broke the bread of the Passover meal, and gave it to them, saying that it represented His body and to do this often in remembrance of Him. He was showing them that He was all they needed. He was teaching them about fostering faith amongst anxiety.
He always knows what we need.
First He showed us through the feeding of the five thousand how able He is to meet our physical needs in abundance, and then in the Last Supper He showed us how able He is to meet even the deepest spiritual need.
Instead of looking at the open space between what we need and what we have, let us look to the proximity of our Father’s heart to us. He is able.
Today, let’s come together in thanksgiving. Even before we see the provision, the miracle or the solution. Let’s trust that He is who He says He is! Instead of standing in the midway between doubt and deliverance, let’s come together and pray in expectant thanksgiving.
Thank you, Jesus, for all you have been, all you are, and all you will be. You are unchanging and your love has already made a way.