Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Written by: Gina Rock
I often want to know all of the steps that lie ahead before I have the courage to take the very first one. I like to think of this as preparedness, but sometimes my desire for control and knowledge can be paralyzing. I wonder if you can relate.
Going in for a job interview wouldn’t be so nerve wracking if I knew the position was already mine. Deciding to relocate wouldn’t be so scary if I knew for certain there would be community and comfort waiting for me on the other side. Going forward with medical testing wouldn’t cause such anxiety if I knew it would lead to a clean bill of health. Trusting God would be so easy if He would do everything my way! Fortunately, that’s not how God works. While He doesn’t promise us a perfect outcome to all of our trials, He does promise to be with us and to go before us. That offers so much peace and rest to my sometimes-timid heart.
God knows our hearts and our struggles. Rather than spinning our wheels worrying over things we have little control over, He asks us to simply seek and trust Him.
Thought of the day: Can you think of a time over the past week where God has provided for you or where God has offered you comfort when you needed it? Has God answered a prayer differently than you expected? When we take time to reflect on the ways He’s provided for us and cared for us, it strengthens our faith and trust will come easier in the future.
Prayer: God, thank You for knowing me and loving me. Give me peace in times I’m tempted to worry and help me to trust You more. Amen.