Luke 12:27-31 (NIV)

27 “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.  31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.   

Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

DEVOTION – Chad Elberson (Florida)

“I am excited to see what God has planned.”  I heard these words from a co-worker who lost a full time job and benefits due to company downsizing.  Someone who was unsure of where she would be working the next day was at peace – calm and secure in God’s care.

Within a short time my irritation and anxiety with the cutbacks began to evaporate in the warmth of the trust in God that radiated from this co-worker.  From her calm assurance in God’s care for her family, serenity drifted to every corner of the once-unsettled office.

I continue to grow from my co-worker’s example by exchanging my thoughts of worry for belief.  I can trust in God to care for me and my family today and in the future.  God delivers peace into the dull routine as well as the most frustrating circumstances.

As I have learned from this experience, a struggling economy – and even downsizing – does not define a relationship with God.  Even in the midst of unsettling situations, trusting in God can bring perfect peace.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How can I show God’s peace today to those around me?

PRAYER: Dear Lord, may we learn to fully trust in your care.  Amen.