Trusting God is Enough for Today

Sharon JaynesListening to God, Living Free, Trusting God 83 Comments

You could smell the fried chicken as we walked out of the restaurant, but we pranced out as if nothing was unusual.

When I was in college my friends and I never had enough money to go out to dinner…unless it was all-you-can-eat night at Wilbur’s Barbeque. On those nights, we gathered our pennies and ate until we hurt. We filled our tummies with fried chicken, hushpuppies, barbequed potatoes, coleslaw and banana pudding. I can almost taste it years later. Then, when we thought no one was looking, we slipped the leftover chicken and hushpuppies into our oversized purses…enough to last for a few days. I’m sure we weren’t fooling anyone as the aroma followed us out the door.

OK, so I know this might not have been the right thing to do. It was a long time ago. Sorry, Wilbur. But today, I was thinking about us fried-chicken-smelling poor college students, as I read God’s commands to the Israelites in the wilderness. Remember the story?

God freed about 2 million Israelites from years of Egyptian slavery. They crossed the parted Red Sea on dry land and headed for the wilderness. After a few days, they grumbled against the LORD, and wished they were back in Egypt where they “sat around pots of meat.” Yes, they preferred slavery to the known, rather than freedom in the unknown. As we say in the South, “that will preach.” But let’s talk about the food situation. Here’s what God said:

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.” (Exodus 16:4-5 NIV)

Now let’s skip down to 16:17-20.

The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.

Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.”

However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.

Moses wasn’t the only one mad at Israelites who hid the food. God was angry because they didn’t trust Him. He gave them a test, and some of them failed miserably.

Which brings me to my own issues with trusting God. Do I trust Him to provide for me today? Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. But today? What keeps me from believing that God is enough and will give me enough?

Didn’t Jesus tell us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread?” Not weekly. Not monthly. But daily.

Here’s a truth we can hang on to. God will never put us in a situation in which He is not enough or will not give us enough. He is more than enough to give us our daily bread, whatever that bread may look like in our individual situations.

In the New Testament, we read the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 men plus women and children (Matthew 14:13-21) and the 4,000 men plus women and children (Matthew 15:29-39) with just a little bit of bread and a few fish. When did the meager pieces of bread multiply and become enough? When it was put in Jesus’ hands. When will our “meager pieces of bread” (what we do have) become enough? When we put them in Jesus’ hands.

Jesus doesn’t just give us what we need. Jesus is what we need. He is the bread of life.

Father, thank You for giving me what I need to face each day. Help me to not worry about tomorrow but trust You for today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What are you trusting God for today? Leave a comment as a declaration!

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Comments 83

  1. We relocated and I had the best job and co workers that I left to come where I am now. Please pray I get a job here and it’s as wonderful as what I left. With good Christian co workers like I had. They were very supportive

        1. Dear Susie, I life your request to God in prayer. May his mighty hand move and cause a release of your children’s passports in good time on the name of Jesus.

    1. Robin,
      I understand what you are experiencing. I’ve been there! Please don’t be discouraged if you are placed in a new work environment where you are the strongest, or only believer. God may choose this path for you so that you may to be “the light in the darkness”. KEEP LOOKING UP!

  2. I am trusting God for a clear and decisive path in terms of next steps for my career. I desire to put my skills, efforts and expertise into a faith-based setting. As an educator, I am trusting God to lead me to a ministry that caters to young girls (elementary school aged) and teach them the Word of God. I want to teach them how to memorize and carry the Word in their hearts. And most importantly, to live out their personal walks with Jesus while applying a Biblical worldview to everything that concerns them.

  3. It’s about to be 3:30am and this ministers to me. I’m up because my heart is heavy. I feel like I’m playing hot potato with God. Handing Him my situation then taking it back and trying to give it back to Him. I know I can trust Him. But the truth is that what I want is not what I’m getting. It hurts to not get what you want. It may be for my own good, but it hurts. I do not like hurting. I imagine none of us do. If anyone can please lift me up in prayer. That I may remain in the will of the Father. That I may learn to leave my circumstances in His hand no matter my thoughts and feelings. That I may endure whatever comes my way with joy of the Lord. That the Lord would strengthen me and uphold my faith. Thank you!

    1. Ana
      I am praying for you today. I pray the Lord gives you peace in your situation and works everything out for His honor and glory.

        1. Hi Sheryl!
          I had open heart surgery as a child. Medicine is much more advanced now than it was then! Praying for peace and wisdom for you going forward. 🙏

      1. Dear Susu, I lift your request to God in prayer. May his mighty hand move and cause a release of your children’s passports in good time on the name of Jesus.

    2. Ana, i understand exactly what you’re saying and am praying exactly as you requested. I’m suffering a hip replacement right now and am discouraged because of the pain and inconvenience BUT I know the Lord has a perfect plan for me…as He does for you! Rest now in Him and allow Him the glory. Blessings to you, sister

    3. Ana, I just prayed for you. May the For of peace that we serve continue to keep you and help you in whatever it is you’re waiting on. He is our Sovereign God and He is in control. Be reminded that He know the number of hairs on your head and His thoughts toward you are higher that the grands of sand. He does know, for He is “El Roi.” The God who sees you Ana.

  4. I declare smooth roads today as I travel from Iowa to Louisiana to see my family, I declare no obstacles and no complications with my vehicle, I declare that those traveling today for their journey be blessed! In Jesus name Amen and Amen

  5. I am leading a new “worship choir” for my church, and I have been so nervous about it. We go up on stage for Resurrection Sunday. It’s been a short time to try and teach the songs we have, and I have been struggling to shake the worry – will we be good enough? What if they tell my choir they can’t sing? Will they be hurt? How will it reflect on me? And then there is the guilt I feel for not focusing on Him above all else as the whole point of the choir!

    Today I am trusting Him to do good. Whether we sing on Resurrection Sunday or not, it is His will be done and not mine, and He will bring good from it! I am trusting Him to transform my heart to focus on bringing Him glory. I am trusting Him to take good care of the hearts of my choir members, and grow us all through this experience. I am trusting Him to lead me to make good decisions, too. I believe He can get us ready for Resurrection Sunday, but even if He does not, I will not bow to my anxiety! Praise the Lord!

  6. Today I am praying for The Lord to lead me in the way that I should go. I am thanking Him that He knows my great need and will meet it. Amen and Amen. Blessings to you for sharing this email.

    1. Praying for you. My son had a serious addiction. I asked so many Christians to pray for him, and he is doing well

  7. Today I’m trusting God to help me thru this day,with peace, to stay calm in the mist of my marriage. I need to learn to trust him that my husband and I won’t get separated. That he can see our marriage and don’t let my husband leave the house so we can work things together.

  8. I’m trusting GOD for my son’s back that Social Security is supposed to release we have been waiting 2 years+ and GOD mend my broken heart over my failed marriage!!

  9. I’m trusting God today to reclaim my adult daughter who once profess salvation. I pray he has his way in her life as well as her childrens and her former husband. That he would take all the broken pieces and put them together properly in a way that glorifies him. I pray salvation for my elderly parents and my siblings. I pray for stronger faith and a stronger relationship with my heavenly father.

  10. We are preparing for a move to a new state several hours away from our current home in Pennsylvania where our children grew up. Our two oldest children and their families will stay in PA and our youngest is in college in North Carolina. As we get our house ready to go on the market my mind was racing with thoughts of “what if the job offer falls through?” “If we sell our family home and then all the pieces don’t come together, what will we do?” As my thoughts raced early this morning, my husband’s cell phone rang. But when he answered, no one said a word. Since I was now awake I grabbed my phone to check my email where I found your reminder from scripture … Jesus IS what I need.

  11. Everyday for the past month, I’ve been waking up with the same song resonating in my mind Trusting Giod. I may start out playing another song on my phone as I prepare to go to work, but before I leave the house that song will be played. I know.
    it’s God telling me each and everyday that I have no reason for fear or to worry, He and He alone has my back.

  12. I’m trusting God to show me my path and help me find joy in every day. Funny thing about trauma, the things that used to bother me are no longer such big deals.

  13. I am trusting God for my finances and the next steps in my purpose daily and not worrying about what tomorrow may bring!

  14. I am trusting God with my relationship with my ex boyfriend. He said he would come back to my country but instead he’s way on the other side of the world. It seems like God is saying “NO” to this relationship but I’m still holding on. It was a toxic relationship. With our situation now, it seems like we are never getting back together. But I’m still yearning for my ex and hoping that he would come back. I need to let go and trust God.

  15. Father as I prepare for testing today on my exams I know you have given me enough important to pass each exam. In Jesus name,Amen

  16. Thank you, Sharon, this is just what I need to hear this morning. Today I’m trusting God for my sleep. I had to take my husband to the ER last night and they ended up keeping him overnight. I drove home late last night (and I really hate driving after dark). I got home about midnight and was so stressed out from the drive I couldn’t fall asleep until after 1:30. My husband is having a procedure done today, but not until 4 this afternoon. The hospital is a 40 minute drive from home. With recovery time, I’m already stressing about driving home again after dark. SO I’M TRUSTING GOD FOR ENOUGH SLEEP!

  17. Thank you for this timely message. I’m stepping into the unknown with my career, and I’m trusting God to make the way for me. I’m believing He will show me each next step.

  18. I’m trusting God today for my healing from chronic pain. Until my healing comes, I trust Him daily to provide strength to endure.

    1. Rada, I have the same problem, but I think I need to trust Him enough to get through the day with the pain. This is a new insight for me. Will pray for you.

  19. God, I am trusting you to care for my elderly mom, 88 years old, who is in chronic pain with arthritis and my brother who is in a nursing home following a massive stroke a year ago leaving him paralyzed and unable to speak. I have prayed so long that you would help them. Some days I grow anxious and afraid because I see no change or improvement in their situation. But I love you God and I’m trying hard to see your work in all things. Please give me strength to keep trusting and believing.

  20. I am trusting God to heal my mom. I have been through so much with personal health issues and lost my dad and Grandmother in this last year. I am trying to believe and look for God’s healing to move us out of this season of challenge in the realm of health. I know God says to walk by faith and not by sight but sometimes, I just want to see the healing and know we are moving in strides toward healthy, vital and green, producing fruit to God’s glory unto old age.

  21. I am trusting the Lord to provide the money for medical bills , property taxes , plus income tax , have issues with two bathrooms in my old house that I have been putting band-aids on yet that’s starting not to work .
    I am a widow whose husband died and left us nothing . The Lord has been faithful to provide thank you for this encouragement to remind He will still provide.

  22. Thank you Sharon,

    I just had a conversation/fight with my daughter. I just told her sorry and left it at that. I prayed and gave it to God. I felt peace and God said it’s going to be okay. I trust God will get my son and daughter back together again after 10 years of not speaking to each other, before my husband dies of cancer. God has him and me. I always need a reminder that God has it under control. “I live for Jesus, I give all to Him”

  23. I’m trusting God for a good relationship between my coworkers to make the work environment a place where his presence be real for all of us. In Jesus name. Amen

  24. Started a new business for my son and his boys. I would love to be lifted up in prayer to ask God to be in the middle of it ALL . My son has had a hard time finding a good job to support his kids. Its tough out here, they say jobs are every where , but that’s just not true. Im praying that this new adventure will let him make a good living for him and his kids. I also would like Prayer for my son, that he would give his life to Christ fully. He believes, but the past two years have been crazy. Please life us up in your prayers. Thank you, Thank God..

  25. Thank you for the timely message. I am trusting God for a Financial Breakthrough and to clear all my debts. In Jesus Name. Amen.

  26. Thank you, Sharon for your ever encouraging devotionals.

    I am praying diligently and trusting God to soften the hearts of my adult children and return them to Him as they both graduate college, move far away, and start their lives. My daughter was very strong in her faith but when she started law school everything changed. My son was never strong and does not have a single Christian friend. I pray God will put them in godly working environments and my daughter will find godly roommates. I pray God will go after these lost sheep as they have lost their way. I am waiting patiently upon the Lord.

  27. We walk by faith not by sight. God has his angels all around us. He is our strong tower in who I put all my trust. I could write my list of health issues that I am facing, the unsaved loved ones in my family but my God already knows. If he knows the numbers of hair on our head, he already knows all about it. Sisters continue to pray and ask other believers to pray with you. Keep walking by faith, trusting in the one true God. He will never leave you! Remember it is by Gods timing not ours when we need answers. And when your tired of standing kneel. God is and always is mighty to be praised.Thank you Sharon for giving us this time to share and pray for one another

  28. I am trusting God to guide my husband and I where we need to be in our next years of our lives. In our seventies I am feeling the nudge to downsize and simplify our lives. Trying hard to allow the Lord to lead us.

  29. Please pray for me for strength as I deal with an husband with addiction and suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. I’m in a hard place. He has good day and not so good days which makes it hard for me, carrying this load.

  30. I am looking to relocate to be closer to my family. It is causing a great deal of stress about the move, finding a job and will my cat, Hope do ok with all the transition. I know this is the right thing to be doing but at age 66, it is hard. Need to turn it over to God but hard time with that.

  31. I am praying for healing of my friends and family. A friend just diagnosed with colon cancer, a friend who had surgery today, my brother-in-law who was diagnosed with Luekemia, step daughter who has Arthritis and other chronic illnesses, sister-in-law with chronic back, knee and hip pain and is recovering from recent hand surgery. My grief support group that my friend I lead. All those I have not mentioned, but are in need of prayers, love and support.

  32. Pray that God will remove me found this apartment.i have been going threw so much in my own apartment.people using my elerity l only use one light on my job it is living people.fiancial in need help but threw it all I know God got me.have know friend my best friend pass away.

  33. Prayers needed for my dog. You see, he has a heart condition and although doctor’s are saying that they will try everything there’s still a risk during surgery. In addition to this concern, what they will remove needs to be sent to the lab to determine if it’s cancer. To some he’s just a dog….to me, he’s my fur baby. Please pray specifically that surgery goes well and lab results are benign. In the name of Jesus I’m claiming my dog will be fine. 🙌

  34. I’m trusting God to provide for my family and me financially, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically for this season of my life. Amen!

  35. My husband resigned from a position yesterday and is now looking for his next career opportunity. I’m trusting God to provide wisdom and his provision during this transition. I give my worries to him.

  36. Thank you for this lesson, really blessed me. God will continue to help and release more anointing for function to you.

    I am trusting God for the fruit of the womb and I believe with some prayers from this end too will end the days of my childlessness. And trusting God for financial breakthrough too.

  37. I am trusting God as I care for my adult son with special needs. He is having a hard time lately and is having meltdowns. I pray for patience and guidance on how to help my son. I pray that God will cover my son with His graciousness, love, and peace. Please pray for my son. Thank you for sharing Ms. Sharon. God bless.

  38. Praying for guidance in the next step to being able to move closer to my adult girls. At this season of life (72 yrs) I dearly long to feel their loving support and comfort. I am thankful for good health and a caring husband who still works to provide us with a better life. Fear of looking for a new home that will be affordable and the stress of the cost of the move terrifies me. I pray daily for his guidance and his will to be done. Please pray for me that I might be patient for his answer and open door to this move. God bless each of you in your specific prayer requests to find peace. Thank you Sharon for this message..

  39. I am trusting God with my adult children, trusting him with their hearts, minds, health, safety, decisions. I am reassured that my love for my children does not match God’s love for them, and I remind myself of that often. I know that they are in the most powerful hands.

  40. I am trusting God to fight this battle at work for me. I love my job, I love teaching my students and I want to genuinely enjoy coming to work. But, I face an unpleasant situation with an administrator that causes difficulties. I am trusting God to turn this situation around and give me peace. I am trusting God to allow me to continue to thrive regardless of the actions and intentions of others. 🙏🙏

  41. I am trusting God for admission for masters program at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and healing of my injured foot. Thank You, Jesus. Be blessed Sharon

  42. Ive had a successful career but was laid off a few months ago; I’ve had several interviews and several denials too. Today was especially discouraging. Praying the lord places me in an awesome new remote job. My husband is also having health issues so praying that he gets the medical care and attention he needs for healing.

  43. Juselda

    MARCH 14, 2024 1;03

    I am Trusting God for a Christian Wife for my son And for God to shine His light in my Darkest Situation
    That I’m going True Please Help me Pray

  44. Praying for and asking prayer for our son and daughter to both find jobs. Our son left his job because it was so stressful and he never really got to see his family. Leaving early to get to work, a hour commute, and coming home late. He was emotionally, mentally and physically burned out. Affected his health diagnosed with diabetes please pray for his healing. My daughter’s job was eliminated. She was diagnosed with health issues. Trying to care for elderly parents who are constantly at odds with one another. A lot going on as well as everyone else. We pray for one another and trust God having a hard time doing that right now. Approaching the 9th year since I my husband passed away. I also prayed and waited for his healing and it didn’t happen so I’m really struggling right now. Who do I turn to but God. Will he do it this time? Pray for me.

  45. Good morning please pray for my husband he’s battling many addictions which has caused him to abandon his family. He’s a man of faith and I know that there’s nothing to hard for god, please pray for repentance and willingness to allow god back into his life.

  46. Wonderful message Sharon,

    I really needed this message today, Thank you Sharon.
    Trust God he is enough, and it’s so easy to wander in our own ways.
    Strength will be released in us, when we trust in the Lord.
    Trusting In the Lord, springs up inner confidence and a courageous pathway,
    We are so Blessed and Loved! We need to remember, Just Be!

  47. I’m trusting God will help me find a different place to live. I’m trusting God will help my friend with his diabetes, his diabetic wound and his alcoholism.

  48. I am trusting God that my surgery will go good and I won’t have any complications. And most of all I truly believe God won’t let me gave cancer.

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