This devotional was such a good reminder for me. Each day I believe each of us deals with some kind of stress. If we can remember "The Lord is My shepherd, I shall not want." what a great promise we have from our faithful Lord!
Only God Can Provide
by Rick Warren
“Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?” Romans 8:32 (TLB)
The major cause of stress in your life is worry. You worry because you wonder if you will have what you need when you need it. But anytime you expect other people to meet your needs instead of God, you’re going to be frustrated and disappointed, because nobody can meet all your needs. Only God can meet all your needs.
If you want a cure for stress, you need to learn to look to God to meet your needs.
Some people find their security in their job, and when they lose their job, they lose their peace of mind.
Others put their security in their marriage. Then their spouse dies or they go through a divorce, and they ask, “Who am I? What is my identity?”
Or maybe you put your security in your money. There are a lot of ways to lose your money.
I recommend that you never put your security in anything that can be taken away from you. You can lose your job, your health, your reputation, your spouse, and your mind. But you cannot lose your relationship to Christ.
When you put your security in that promise, you can trust God to meet all your needs.
Romans 8:32 says, “Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?” (TLB)
If God loved you enough to send Jesus Christ to die on the cross, don’t you think he loves you enough to take care of every other need in your life? Yes! Of course he does.
Every time you start to get stressed out, you need to pause and say, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1 ESV).
God’s going to provide. He’s going to take care of you. Instead of stressing out, you need to look to him to meet all your needs.