“Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be.” (Matthew 6:20-21)
The themes in Sarah Young’s year-long devotional, Jesus Calling, are always pertinent to my life’s circumstances, past and present. But I just love those days when her message is so spot on its scary. Yet, not scary at all, but comforting and reaffirming. This morning as I was brushing my teeth (yeah I know, philosophical right?) I felt myself starting to worry about money. I’m a freelance English teacher here in Germany, and unfortunately at the moment I don’t have a lot of work. And by not a lot of work I mean, no work. But before I let these thoughts spiral into a whirlwind of anxiety, I quickly stopped myself and silently whispered (since I had a mouth full of toothpaste) “I trust you, Jesus.”
I was immediately comforted by this soft utterance and overwhelmed by a wave of peace and contentment. I was reminded of God’s promise to provide for his children, reminded that God is enough and will always be enough no matter what life throws my way. Sarah talks about practicing placing our trust in God, especially during quiet days. Those days when the waters are still and there doesn’t seem to be a storm cloud in sight. I’ve been blessed with quite a few of those days over the past month. Days where I’ve been able to spend hours in the quiet presence of God. Uninterrupted by life’s trials and troubles, I’ve been able to use this time to store up my treasures in heaven so that when the storm clouds roll in I will know exactly where to place my trust.
“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4)
This is a profound statement made by David. It’s simple, yet complicated. Simple in meaning, yet difficult to implement. Feeling scared is a natural human emotion. We often find ourselves scared of the future, scared of the unknown, scared of not having enough, even scared of death. But God promises these things on earth are trivial compared to what awaits us in heaven. The world can offer us pain, loss, and suffering, but it can never touch our souls. Amen!
Lord, I pray for consistency. Consistency in trust, gratitude, and prayer, when the waters are still and when they are raging. I want to consistently remember to keep my eyes on you and not on the treasures, pleasures, and worries of this world. In Jesus name, Amen.