Jesus tells us not to worry about everyday life and makes a very interesting point through several parts of the Bible:
26 “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your
heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?’’
This is so true! If the Lord provides for birds on a daily basis then why wouldn’t he
provide for us, after all we are his prized possessions.
“He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation,
became his prized possession’’.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough
food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more
– So why do we worry so much?
When times get hard and we are struggling these are the things that dominate our minds.
How am I going to pay this bill …?
How am I going to pay my rent …?
How are we going to do this …?
How are we going to do that …?
When we find ourselves in these predicaments, Jesus tells us to “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need”. (Matthew 6:33)
We often get so consumed by trying to meet our needs that we forget that we serve a living God capable of supplying all our needs. We run around trying to figure out escape routes and get frustrated when we can’t figure a way out. But we must remember at all times that God is with us.
“Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever”.
Worrying isn’t healthy for us, it fills us with frustration, doubt and fear. God does not want this for his children.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done”.
Pray about e v e r y t h i n g!
First things first, we need to invite God into the situation and make our needs known. We tend to try and do it all alone and only realise that we need God when things begin to get very sticky. However it’s important we turn to Him first.
Now upon praying alongside our faith, two key elements come into play:
Patience and trust.
The Bible tells us to wait on numerous occasions, some include:
“Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD”.
“Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act”.
Making your needs known to the Lord is one thing. But having the patience to see those needs met is another story. Waiting upon the Lord can be extremely difficult at times.
Naturally the longer we wait the more disheartened, demotivated and discouraged we become. This is where the trust element comes in. We have to trust in the Lords timing.
Only he knows why he gave you that breakthrough on that particular day at that particular hour.
The book of Exodus is a perfect illustration of this.
40 “The people of Israel had lived in Egypt for 430 years’’. 41 “In fact, it was on the last day of the 430th year that all the LORD’s forces left the land.’’
Can you even begin to imagine how the Israelites felt waiting all that time to be set free?
But the Lord had promised this in Exodus 6:6:
“Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the LORD. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgement”.
God’s promises don’t come with a time frame, but we have to trust that He will come through for us.
However long it may take, we have to be patient and trust in His timing.
31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
Written by our wonderful blog contributor, Bernie.
You are never alone in your battles, God has got you!
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