Distractions. I began this series on distractions, with my post, “What are you thinking?” I wanted to identify some of the things that tend to distract us from seeking God first in our lives, since the Bible encourages us to “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else …” (Matt. 6:33).
Examples. I discovered some great examples of how we tend to get distracted by things in Matthew 6, like food or clothing, money or lack of money, friends or lack of friends, and difficult circumstances. And I discussed my own focus on food in my second post, “Distractions: Focused on Food?”
Seminary. During our lean seminary days, living on a lower income forced me to seek God about all of our of my family’s needs. And I discover many stories in the Bible about how God provides for His people.
Clothing. As I studied the plight of God’s children in the Old Testament, I discovered that during their wilderness journey, the Israelites’ “clothes didn’t wear out and (their) feet didn’t blister those forty years” (Deut. 8:4).
So, as I began to learn how to seek God’s for my own needs, I discovered He was interested in my family’s clothing needs, too. And during this needy season of my family’s life, I learned how to dress for less—before it was popular. I added trendy patches that I found on sale to my kids’ worn-out jeans. I also discovered ways to add cute ruffles to lengthen my daughter’s outgrown pants; I even made some of her outgrown jeans into trendy skirts. And I found ways to update some of my own out-of-style clothing,
As I continued to talk to God about my family’s needs, He answered my prayers in ways that I never expected. And as I redirected my thoughts from worry to trusting God to provide my needs, He provided more than I could ask or imagine.
Today. I’m still tempted to worry about the area of clothing from time to time, especially when I get caught up in comparing myself with other people. But it helps me to remember stories from my past, where God proved that He could provide all my needs.
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19 NLT).
Stay tuned as we talk about another distractions soon: money or the lack of money …
To you remember a story from your past about how God provided for your needs?