Luke 12:22-31 This is why I keep telling you not to worry about anything in life—about what you’ll eat, about how you’ll clothe your body. Life is more than food, and the body is more than fancy clothes. Think about those crows flying over there: do they plant and harvest crops? Do they own silos or barns? Look at them fly. It looks like God is taking pretty good care of them, doesn’t it? Remember that you are more precious to God than birds! Which one of you can add a single hour to your life or 18 inches to your height by worrying really hard? If worry can’t change anything, why do you do it so much?
Think about those beautiful wild lilies growing over there. They don’t work up a sweat toiling for needs or wants—they don’t worry about clothing. Yet the great King Solomon never had an outfit that was half as glorious as theirs!
Look at the grass growing over there. One day it’s thriving in the fields. The next day it’s being used as fuel. If God takes such good care of such transient things, how much more you can depend on God to care for you, weak in faith as you are. Don’t reduce your life to the pursuit of food and drink; don’t let your mind be filled with anxiety. People of the world who don’t know God pursue these things, but you have a Father caring for you, a Father who knows all your needs.
Since you don’t need to worry—about security and safety, about food and clothing—then pursue God’s kingdom first and foremost, and these other things will come to you as well.
Worry is the opposite of trust. I’m a worrier. I fret over things I can’t control. “How is so-and-so going to react?” I worry over how my kids will turn out as adults. Will they stay the course with the Lord? It’s wasted energy. Being such a worrier when I am a disciple of Christ is really showing how I often do not trust Him..even with small stuff.
Why do I do this to myself? I want to be in control. I want everything to work out “just so”. Everything should go according to my plan. When it’s boiled down: it’s me wanting my will instead of God’s. I’m saying “I’m not convinced your will is taking me in a direction that I’m 100% on board with. I might have to be stretched. I might have to step out of my comfort zone. I might have to deal with people that I don’t necessarily get along with.” God’s will requires that He be in the driver’s seat and I ride along. He leads and I follow. He directs and I obey.
The times when I do fully trust and stop worrying about what other people think; God provides courage. The times when I release the future of my children to the Lord; God provides peace. The times when I feel unjustly attacked by the stinging accusations of another; God provides a friend. The times when I focus on the ministry that the Lord has called me to; God provides victory and encouragement.
There is a blessing in trusting the Lord, not necessarily a physical blessing; but a blessing from God’s Kingdom economy: peace, comfort, trusted friends, victory and encouragement.
Be encouraged, my friend. Step out of worry and into trust. The Lord is waiting for you.