Sufficient Evil

Your keys were lost. The doctor’s office didn’t call back like they said they would. Your child fell off their bike and required stitches. Your date plans with your husband got rearranged due to the babysitter getting the flu. The bank called; there’s a question about your account.
Why do all these difficult things happen to us?

Matthew 6:34 
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. 
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

What this verse is saying is that the Lord gives us enough trouble (evil) for each day to drive us to Himself. We would be happily going our own way each day if it weren’t for a little bit (sometimes a whole bunch) of trouble or difficulty. But when things happen, such as in the first paragraph of this post, it makes our heart cry upward, “Oh, Lord, I need your help right now!” Or, “Lord, give me wisdom about what to do!” The wonderful promise here is that with the “sufficient evil” comes “sufficient grace!”

So when all those little irritants happen to you today, stop and consider the fact that your loving God sent them as a little nudge so that you might turn your eyes upwards towards Him. Then thank Him for the grace to see you through!

With love,

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