“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:31-33 NLT)
I hit the “SEND” button and immediately my heart started racing from adrenaline while my breathing became shallow. I felt nervous and jittery. “What have I just started?” I wondered.
All this happened because I just written a difficult email on a topic I’d been thinking about for quite some time. However, once I finally took the plunge and actually did something about it, the doubts rushed in right away. At that moment, it seemed like it might have been better to not have done anything at all.
Yet, at the same time I felt empowered and strengthened by sending the email. I had prayed about my decision, talked it over with godly people in my life, and had felt God leading me as I had crafted my words. I knew it was in His hands now.
Then why did I suddenly feel so worried over the outcome? At this point, more as a distraction than anything else, I opened my One Year Bible to next section I needed to read. This turned out to contain Matthew 6:25-34, or the “Do Not Worry” passage. God’s perfect timing! I read the following:
“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 than clothing? 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? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? … So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.“ (Matthew 6:25-30, 34)
As I read this passage, my racing heart and rapid breathing started to slow down. My nervousness diminished as I became calmer. I realized God had provided the answer to my prayers about this situation after all. Maybe not in the way I had anticipated – such as receiving a favorable answer to my email – but instead in the way He knew I needed most!
The verses that really stood out to me though from the Matthew 6 passage were the ones from the top of this post. Specifically, the one about how worry dominates the thoughts of unbelievers. I realized how worry over this matter had been dominating my own thoughts a lot lately as well.
Now, while I know I struggle with worry, I had never before equated it with unbelief – especially with the idea that it can cause me to act as someone who hasn’t put her faith and trust in the saving life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I was cut to the quick by this knowledge. “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” I literally cried out loud. (Mark 9:24)
Through all this, I also recognized this same passage provides a way out of this cycle of worry, as found in Matthew 6:33: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” You see, God had given me just what I needed in my time of worry by pointing me toward these verses. After I had sought out God out through His Word, He then changed my heart regarding the very issue which had been dominating my thoughts over the last little while. And that itself was a miracle!
**I’m linking up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart today. Click on the image below to find some other great posts from the linkup too.**