Volume 8 No 3
Have you ever seen a dog or cat chase their tail? Around and round they go, thinking the faster they go, they will surely grab it, but no matter how they try it’s always just out of reach. Eventually they collapse to the ground, dizzy and worn out. Probably we have a good chuckle at them.
But at times, aren’t we like that too? Life can get really busy and become extremely stressful. Bills need paying and your hard earned cash just never seems to be enough. The latest mobile phone is released and you just need to have it! So you work harder and longer hours, yet never seem fulfilled or content. There is always something missing, an emptiness deep inside of you that just seems unable to be filled.
Part of the problem is that we have our focus and priorities all mixed up. Christ Himself warned us of this:
“Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars...”(Matthew 6:20-34 Message). “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.
Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch?
All this time and money wasted on fashion--do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen colour and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers--most of which are never even seen--don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you?
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
So sit back and enjoy reading this latest issue of Face to Face Magazine, and my prayer is that you enter a little deeper into the God-reality of God provision, where your real needs are truly met.
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