Genesis 1:29 (nirv)
Right before this verse, in Genesis 1:26-27, God made the very first humans. As far as we know, He was a newbie at this whole “giving life” thing; it was His first time. So He was probably a little confused on how to take care of us and what we needed, right? It sounds silly to say that, doesn’t it? Of course God knew exactly what we needed before we were ever created! So why do so many of us walk around in fear that He doesn’t?
This verse reminds me that before Adam and Eve even had a second to rub their eyes, look around, and take it all in, God provided them with food; the only thing they really needed at the time, other than a relationship with Him and each other. In fact, in Genesis 1:11, 3 days before the first human was made from the dust, we can see God start to prepare for our arrival by creating plants with seeds in them – the same plants that He lovingly and willingly gave Adam and Eve (and ultimately, all of us) in today’s scripture.
I think the seeds in these plants are a key part of God’s gift. He could have easily cooked up a hot meal; maybe an unlimited breakfast buffet? But he chose to give us plants with seeds, because those seeds will continue to grow new plants; providing new food.
Before we even knew we needed food to eat, God gave us a lasting solution. He provided what we didn’t know we needed without our request. We didn’t have to beg Him, we didn’t even have to remind Him. That’s who God is.
I often function under the lie that God doesn’t know what I need, that if I forget to pray for something, or if my prayers aren’t sincere enough, He won’t provide. While it’s easy to get caught up in anticipating and planning for our needs, it’s even easier to allow God to handle them. Genesis 1:29 is the first time, but definitely not the last, that God provides us with proof that we can trust Him. That takes a lot of pressure off of us, doesn’t it?
The verses in Matthew 6 about worry are quoted and taught over and over again. “I tell you, do not worry. Don’t worry about your life and what you will eat or drink. And don’t worry about your body and what you will wear. Isn’t there more important things for the body than clothes?” (v. 25) I think this is Jesus reminding us of what God already proved long ago, in Genesis 1:29.
Matthew 6:31 goes on to say “So don’t worry. Don’t say, ‘What will we eat?’ Or, ‘What will we drink?’ Or, ‘What will we wear?’. This truth provides us with the freedom of knowing that our needs are met. It allows us to live boldly, knowing that we’re provided for. And it allows us to live faithfully, knowing that God is the one who provides because of who He is and the way He cares for us.
In his book 2 Chairs, Bob Beaudine shares 3 questions that we can ask ourselves about any worry or situation we’re facing: Does God know my situation? Is it too hard for Him to handle? Does He have a good plan for me?
In your journal, create a list of things or situations that bring you worry. Next to each item, answer those questions. Do this as much and as often as necessary.
For God’s peace over the things you listed in your journal today.
Tips & Tools
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