Tough Times? Don’t Worry

Rain on the sidewalk

Matthew 6:25-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

One night, during my last semester in seminary, it rained real hard…almost hurricane-like weather–I love such weather…always have. I actually feel closer to God when it rains sometimes–so I ran home, put on my rain gear, and walked back outside. As people were running by me like mad, I was calmly strolling down the street, keeping everything above my knees dry.

This walk soon turned into a prayer-walk. I didn’t know where to go, so I asked Jesus to guide me and for about an hour-and-a-half, and He took me all over the neighborhood–up and down both streets and alleys – it was awesome! And we had such a great talk, too!

One of the things we talked about was something He had told me before. During that time, I didn’t have any idea as to where I would be going upon graduation. It was actually a bit frightening, especially when I was reminded of the $46,000 in school loans that I would need to begin paying back.

Every time I attempted to work on something for post-graduation, I felt a strong surge go through my body, such as a way of the Lord telling me to stop and leave that up to Him–relationships, finances, call, or anything else–Jesus instead told me (yes, He told me) not to worry about it. Instead, I should just focus on my classes and getting the assignments and papers done so that I may graduate, and God would handle the rest. I didn’t know how, especially since I wasn’t working to set anything up. But I trusted Him with my life. Therefore, the least I could do is trust Him also with my calling, which He had called me to.

Well, to make a really long story short, I graduated, and literally a week before seminary housing was about to kick me out, I received a call to a church in Morehead, KY…a church that I had never even applied to, but who found me on the internet, and a salary to help me get a kick-start on paying back my school loans.

In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus told us not to worry, for such won’t add a day to our life. (Modern medicine states that worrying may actually take some days off!)  Jesus reminds us that the Father knows what we need, and instead of worrying about our life here, to seek first the Kingdom of God and all His righteousness.

I suppose it’s another way of God saying, “Relax, I’ve got this.  Instead, keep your focus on Me so I can do My work.”

1 Comment

  1. Isaiah 55:9–“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts”. Way cool that The Lord provided for you according to His way–worrying (and other sins) just interferes with His way and gets in the way of His working in our lives. You said “I trusted Him with my life”. Yes, we need to do that, and not just for provision in this mere life (First John 2:25–“And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life”).

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