Got Worry?

Posted: January 24, 2010 by clairer in Trusting God

“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.” ~Matthew 6:31-32

If there is one command in Scripture that I find most difficult to follow, most likely it would be this one: do not worry.  Thankfully, I’m not in a situation where I need to be concerned about where my next meal is coming from, but there are still many things I worry about from day to day.  How am I ever going to pass this Comparative Government test?  Am I going to be able to remember my entire poem when I get in front of the judges?  What did my friends think of me when I said that?

We’re all prone to worry.  It can hit us any time and any place and be about anything.  Some worry about what people think about them.  Others might worry about performing well in school or work. Some might worry about financial problems.  Still others about their futures.  Worry hits us when we’re felling insecure and out of control — like our lives are outside of our hands.  After all, if we could control our futures, we’d have nothing to worry about, right?

Wrong.  Thankfully, our lives are not in our feeble, finite, and incapable hands — they’re in the strong, never-failing, perfect hands of our Father God who knows all things and loves us more than we can imagine.  It’s amazing how many of us unconsciously wish that we held our future in our own hands instead of our Father’s (which is what we do when we worry).  When I think about how little I know and how foolish I often am, I am so glad that God holds my future.

One of my favorite things about Matthew 6:31-32 is that Jesus doesn’t merely say, “Do not worry,” but provides us with a reason not to worry: “your heavenly Father knows you need [these things].”  God is fully aware of what we need and want; and even better, He provides for all our needs.  Some of my favorite passages of Scripture are when God provides for the needs of His people — He provides food for the Israelites in the desert, He provides food for Elijah in the wilderness, He mercifully provides shade for Jonah, and when Jesus sends out the twelve and the seventy-two, God provides for all their needs (they bring no food or belongings with them and have no plans for provisions!) — and this is the same God we serve today.  He still provides for the needs of His children.  We just need to trust that He will give us what is best for us.

This applies to our day-to-day lives today.  I’m a high school senior.  My biggest worry right now?  Getting scholarship money to go to the college I want to attend.  However, in the past few months, I have become increasingly aware that my “heavenly Father knows” what I need.  Because of that, I have been working on converting my worry into prayerful trust.  God provides for all my needs and I am confident of one thing: God will provide the money for me to go wherever He wants me to go.  I have no need to worry.  My future is completely in His hands.  But, after all, what better place is their for my future to be?

  1. Tabitha says:

    Thank you, Claire. This reminder comes at a good time for me. ( : Though probably it applies to like most of our whole lives…..

  2. Cesiah says:

    Thank you for the post, Claire. You would not believe how incredibly timely this is. This certainly attests to God working in mysterious ways.

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