I might have been a poor kid fresh out of college with a wife and two children, but I knew what to do if I was in a bind. My dad gave me a credit card and told me to use it in an emergency. There were times when we didn’t know how we were going to make it, but I knew in the back of my mind that I had a way to get home. I put that credit card in my billfold, and I thank God I never had to use it. I sure had peace of mind knowing my dad would take care of me.

My dad has since gone to be with the Lord. My kids are now adults with kids of their own. I’ve seen so much happen in my life since the day we first arrived in Chicago. But our family made it because God took care of us. Even today, I have peace of mind. Can you honestly say that?

Some people get in a panic over the slightest change of their plans. Others assume the worst about everything that doesn’t turn out the way they hoped it would. There are really just two ways we can respond to the unexpected things in life. We can respond like infants who panic and scream because they don’t understand the world around them, or we can be like mature children who trust their parents to take care of them. What kind of person are you? That all depends on your relationship with your Heavenly Father.

Maybe you struggle with panic and are trying desperately to get over it. The best thing you can do is get to know God. Read His Word. Pray. Spend time building your relationship with Him through daily devotionals like this one. As your relationship with God gets better, you’ll start trusting Him more—and you’ll worry less. Your Daddy will take care of you.

Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder