“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…if that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow 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.” ~ Matthew 6:25-33
This verse has been stuck in my head for several days now. I read it, and I instantly want to worship the Lord. How mighty and loving and faithful of a God do we serve, that all we have to do is seek Him, and follow Him, and He provides for us. In a world where nothing is free, and in fact seemingly gets pricier by the day, I almost can’t even wrap my head around it.
Yet, as Christians, God calls us to do just this. Our worries are not supposed to be of material things, because God tells us time and time again that He can control material things. He’s bigger than our daily problems. If we do nothing else in life but seek the Lord, and submit our lives to Him, He can and will provide everything we need to live it. Everything. When the Israelites escaped from Egypt and were stuck starving in the desert with no food, God rained food down from the heavens to provide for them. They were taking a risk, but doing so in faith. They were following their God, and He did not lead them astray. Rather, He worked a daily miracle – literally raining food from the sky – so His people would simply be provided for.
Rebekah had a similar experience. She had no idea what she was getting into. All she knew was that God wanted her to follow an old man for 500 miles. So she did, and was not only provided for, but blessed with a husband and 2 sons. And not only that, but she was brought directly into the lineage of Jesus Christ. How faithful God is to those who are faithful to Him!!
So many of our sacrifices and decisions are accompanied by fear. But God not only tells us our decisions, but gives us every tool we need to live with them and move forward. All we need to do is depend on Him to do it. That can mean stepping out before we know the outcome, but for me, it’s a huge comfort. I know that life has its scary moments, and its everyday worries. I also know my life belongs to my Savior, and He won’t forsake me. That fact alone can turn ‘scary’ into ‘exciting’. I can’t wait to see where God takes me next!
Jesus, help me to remember and trust that You are a God of ‘more than enough’. Help me to stay in the place of dependence that You want me to be in. You are not only my Counselor, guiding and shaping my life and calling me to my actions and standards, but in every step you are also my Provider. All I have to do is act in faith, and you will take care of the rest. You are truly all I need, and I thank you Lord for being so constant and faithful.