New International Version (NIV)
Do Not Worry<sup class="crossreference" value="(A)”>
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry<sup class="crossreference" value="(B)”> 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? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.<sup class="crossreference" value="(C)”> Are you not much more valuable than they?<sup class="crossreference" value="(D)”> 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life<sup class="footnote" value="[a]”>[a]?<sup class="crossreference" value="(E)”>
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor<sup class="crossreference" value="(F)”> was dressed like one of these. 30 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?<sup class="crossreference" value="(G)”> 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.<sup class="crossreference" value="(H)”> 33 But seek first his kingdom<sup class="crossreference" value="(I)”> and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.<sup class="crossreference" value="(J)”> 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Do you trust? I mean we all say we do, but do we really trust the Lord? I can honestly say that I trust the fact that I want to trust the Lord, and that He will meet me right where I am at, because I am honest to say, help me to really trust you. Just like in Mark 9:24 when “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” Whew, glad I am not the only one!
I think honesty with God sometimes makes the difference as to whether or not he moves on our behalf. I know that God loves me, but I think He wants me to be real with Him , for He already knows my deepest thoughts and fears, anyway!
I have several precious friends, who are Missionaries. They work, depend, live, and love God. They depend on his provisions for everything they have. Their walk with Him, I am sure is a day to day, minute by minute thing. I envy that, and yet that would scare me to death. I know I am not one for change, not at all. Change is very difficult for me, and I will hang on to something simply for the fear of the change, period. Whether or not the change is good for me, or most importantly, If God believes it is best for me is a statement that I think about daily.
Fear is an underlying factor and emotion felt by not only myself, but billions of other people. When I get in my car and go somewhere, I am trusting that I will go back home. When I log into my computer each day for work, I am trusting it will turn on. Most importantly, when my husband and children leave in the morning, I trust that they are coming home.
What happens if it doesn’t happen they way you think it is suppose to go? Beth Moore in one of her television stories, was telling of the fear that she faced when she flew in a small plane with her children, and grand children. She mentioned that the plane had hit some extremely rough turbulence while in the air, and the fear of them possibly crashing the plane was very real for her. She had what I would call the “and then what conversation with God.
Beth: ” God what if something happened to my husband, children, and grandchildren?”
God: “And then what?”
Beth: “I would just want to die!”
God “and then what?”
Beth: “Well I would just fall apart!”
God: Well I would just pick you up, and then what?
Beth went on and on as to what she would do, and every time God has an answer for her, stating the same thing, and then what? The point of the matter is that God has the answers, is always in control, and even though our hearts would be broken in a thousand pieces, God will still carry us along the way.
One footprint in the Sand……
How do you live not knowing if your bills are going to get paid, your mortgage, your utilities, your food? Depending on God each and every second of the day. You just do, you just know, He will provide!
Looking back, I can see where He always has taken care of the situation at hand. The Bible says that we are to not worry about tomorrow, for today will have enough challenges of its own. (emphasis mine).
Give it to Him, he is able to carry you and your burdens!