Worry and God’s Provision

Living in this world can give us a lot of reasons to worry especially if they have anything to do with money. Between the commercials that want us to buy things, the messages that say we should save money, and the actual bills we have to pay, it would seem that money–earning, spending, and saving it–is the thing we spend the most time thinking about.

We worry about saving money for retirement; we worry about having enough money for healthcare costs; we worry about our losses in the stock market;  we worry about sending our kids to college; the list goes on and on. It makes it hard to live in the here and now when we think our source of money might dry up in the future which makes job insecurity another thing we worry about. I’ve had reasons to worry about all of these things, and when I get caught in that cycle. it is very hard to get out of it.

God has a lot to say about worry and about provision too in Scripture. In fact, Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 are very clear about the matter.

Matthew 6:25 – 34

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do now sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

This is a big section, but the message of these words is clear and to the point. God tells us not to worry. He will provide for us just like He does for the birds , for the flowers, and for the grass.

What do we do then when we continually hear messages that pull our thoughts in the direction of worrying about the future? The solution is simple and Scripture related. God knew I would need simple. 🙂 When my thoughts are pulled in the direction of worrying about the future, God said I should ask myself some questions. Do I have enough food and drink for today? Can I pay my bills today? Do I have clothes for today? These questions have one word in common. That word is today. If my thoughts about these matters don’t involve the word today, I should put them out of my mind and trust Him. Seems deceptively simple. I started doing that this morning though, and my sense of peace increased dramatically. Maybe, if others do it as well,  we can quit worrying about the future and start to live in the here and now. And then, maybe, we can get down to the real business God wants us to be about–the business of showing others His love and telling others about Him.

God’s blessings on all of you today!

 

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