Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:25-33 (NKJV) – “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Faith and trust are siblings. Fear and worry are their enemies. It’s a battle where Faith versus Fear, and Trust versus Worry. Something has got to win, and it can’t be both.
In the portion of Matthew chapter 6 that we read above, Jesus gives us ample reason and explanation why we can trust God. Scripture if packed full of God’s promises. It is also based on reality. Jesus was not naïve regarding the suffering and challenges of this world. The very next verse in this chapter says – “Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” In John 16:33 (NIV), Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble…” But then He gives us the reason for our hope. “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
It may sound cliché to say something like, “It’s in the Lord’s hands,” or, “Let go and let God.” I certainly am not suggesting that you glibly say anything of the sort to people when they are in the midst of trouble and are hurting. When Jesus was on this earth, He met people where they were. He listened to them and comforted them by the grace and love that He showed.
What I am suggesting, however, is that you start with you. Situations and scenarios will arise every day that have the potential to cause worry. It comes down to what you choose – Faith and Trust, or Fear and Worry.
Trusting God is not a form of wishful thinking, and it is much more than just being positive. It’s thinking based on the truth of His character. The truth contained in His Word.
About a week ago, I woke up my husband for work only to have him collapse moments later. It took a few long minutes before he regained consciousness. He is totally fine now, but was it a scary situation? Absolutely! It seems like millions of thoughts can fly through your head in a matter of seconds. As I rode in the ambulance with him, and as we sat in the Emergency Room, I had to continually make conscious decisions not to worry. Did I do it perfectly? No. But as doubts and fears would creep in, I’d stop and remind myself who He is! God! Our Rock and our Refuge! The One who holds us in the palm of His hands! Our Healer, our Comforter, our All-in-all, and the One whose plans and ways are perfect.
No matter what your doubts or worries are, He is a God who can be counted on! Whatever your “what if’” is, trusting God is always your best and most reliable answer. Emotional, spiritual, physical, financial…whatever it is, He’s got you covered. Read, review, memorize, and live the Word of God. Here are some great Scriptures to get you started on winning the battle over worry and fear.
2 Corinthians 10:5 – Taking every thought captive.
Romans 8:31-39 – More than conquerors.
Ephesians 6:17 – God’s Word as a weapon.
Hebrews 11:6 – Faith pleases God.
If you’re hung up on a worry and would like to talk it over, contact me or Katie at Generation Hope…