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. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
With a myriad of posts entering the blogosphere today, I’ll keep this one short.
Looking back over the last year I see God’s goodness. I see His provision, time and time again — even when I didn’t realize it was necessary. You could say He “showed up,” but the fact is He never left.
He provided for our family financially, and He provided food so that we never had to miss a meal. He gave us a little one, and the corresponding strength to nurture and care for him. He helped us through the first year of our marriage. He gave us things to laugh at and held us when there were things to mourn. He reminded us that He cares about the details.
But I seem to lose track of how He’s done these things and taken care of us. I forget about His provision, and the fact that He is trustworthy and hasn’t left us or somehow forgotten that we exist in this world.
This morning He ever-so-gently directed me to Matthew 6:25-34, quoted above (read it through ;)). Why do I worry? I worry because I think I can control things. I think I can manage my future and how things turn out but the truth is I can’t. I’m not that powerful — at all — I can’t do God’s job for Him.
This coming year, I want to worry less. It’s not a lesson I want to still be learning when I’m 60; I want to take God at His word and trust Him. Will you join me? Pray that God will mold us; that we’ll do our part, let go of the rest, and trust Him through it all?
There are many New Years resolutions, and many good ones at that. Little by little, or lot by lot — let’s trust God more and worry less.
Happy New Year, friends!