Worry or Trust?

Jan 17, 2024 | Growing in God's Grace

22 Then, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
23 Life is more than food, and the body
more than clothes.
24 Consider the ravens:
They do not sow or reap; they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.
And how much more valuable you are than birds!
25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 Consider how the lilies grow.
They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,
which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into a fire, how much more will he clothe you,
O you of little faith!
29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows you need them.
31 But seek first his Kingdom, and all these things will be given to you as well.
32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
Luke 12:22-32

I needed to type everyone of these 243 words today. And I figured you might need to read them also, am I right?

These words are addressed to the disciples, but they are meant for us as well.

I have shared these scriptures with many and I have clung to them myself.

Who does not worry?

The same scripture appears in Matthew chapter seven. Repetition is beneficial for those navigating their journey.

We worry about things such as our children’s lives, our future, the state of our country, and our world.

Often we fret over relationships, the health of others or ourselves, finances, worst-case scenarios, and so forth.

I have written on the subject before, yet it is worth focusing in on again.

What if we took Jesus’ words to heart and gave our burdens to Him instead of ruminating on the unknown?

Perhaps as we cast our care on Jesus, we would find the peace we so desperately need in this sometimes very messed up world.

If every time we worried we asked God for what we needed, and trusted Him with the outcome, how different our lives would be.

Dwelling on God’s care of the situation would eliminate the need to fret. Leaving it in His hands, moving forward in faith is far better than dwelling on the negative.

The devil would surely like us to stay camped in the muck and mire of worry.

Don’t give him that satisfaction! Instead, as we trust God with our circumstances and release them to Him, we will have taken a step of faith. Regardless of the outcome, we leave it in God’s hands. He will turn it to our profit as we cling to the words of Romans 8:28.

“And we know that in all things (all things), God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Perhaps God will do the impossible for us. He often does.

If that difficult outcome happens, that we dreaded, He is with us in it always for our good.

What are you and I trusting God with today?



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