Matthew 6:25-30 25 “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? 26 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?27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
28 “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, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 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?”
Overall, I understand that God will provide for my needs and I trust him. Sometimes the devil catches me off guard; like when I’m vacuuming my living room’s old, weathered uneven hardwood floors.
He trips me up and I start to wonder, is that board more uneven than it was yesterday? Did my foot sink further into the sub floor this time? Let me step on it again and see; then I start questioning if the floor was ever that bouncy in that spot, so I walk to another area, and that area has a bounce too, but a different area seems stiff. My mind starts to race; how on earth we would pay to redo the entire down stairs flooring if something is wrong. We are still paying for our new kitchen appliances that still haven’t arrived from Lowes yet. The lord provides all of our needs, well be okay; what was that scripture again? Something about the lord will provide all of our needs. Do floor boards even sink? Lord if the floor needs to be replaced, I pray that you will provide for our needs and give us the resources to fix the floor if necessary.
I recently quit my part-time job to pursue the calling God placed on my heart to work on this website full-time. While my husband’s job pays all of our bills, we still have consumer debt, leaving not much wiggle room. The possible cost of the floors crept up in my mind.
For some reason while the devil has me tripped up on the floor boards, I start looking around near the ground while I’m vacuuming and notice things I haven’t really noticed before; how the stairs don’t seem to completely meet the wall, how the vent cover doesn’t seem to fit, and the hole that was cut for it is too big and I can clearly see the basement. What if in a few years we want to move out of our home into something nicer, more put together and sound. We couldn’t move anytime soon even if we wanted to, due to the costs. We don’t have kids yet, but lately I’ve been desiring to stat a family. Would our old home be enough for a family of 3 or 4 or 5? Would we have enough rooms? How would we afford the new floors then? How would we even afford kids with all the stuff we still have to pay off and me not working to make an income yet. Had I misread Gods voice? Should I go back to work and just blog part-time? Maybe I hadn’t heard God at all and I made it all up. With that thought, I shut off the vacuum and put it away. My mood had went from slightly optimistic, to deeply worried, in about 5 minutes.
How had I gone from peacefully vacuuming one minute, to being unsure of God’s calling on my life the next?
Why was the devil successful in over taking my mind?
Why did one wobbly floor board go from: we have to fix the floor to, we can’t afford children and I have to go back to work right now; Did I make up this whole calling on my life?
I thought I had used scripture and prayed, why was the devil still successful in stealing my peace and putting me into a state of worry?
I’m sure you have been in this same position too, one minute you’re having a happy conversation with your spouse, and the next you’re questioning if they love you or not. Maybe you hear God’s voice for direction in your life and you move toward him, but feel difficulty and challenges all around you, stealing your peace. Whatever it is, I’m sure like me, sometimes your thoughts take off on a run away worry train.
What God is teaching me about worrying
1. To keep our peace, we need to follow ENTIRE scriptures; not just half, or the part the is easy. If we want to see results, answered prayers, and God move in our life, we must follow all of his instructions.
Psalm 119:1 Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.
In order to receive his promises, we must do all scriptures. We can’t ignore some of God’s word and expect him to provide for us. We must plant these positive scriptures in our hearts.
Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done
We must bring him our prayers but also thank him. Once we follow the entire scripture, we can be at peace that God will provide. We won’t have to worry because we did our part, now we just have to wait for God.
2. Instead of worrying, we need to trust God. He will supply all of our needs; we don’t need to be afraid of the outcome of certain situations, he already knows the outcome and is ready to help us.
Philippians 4:19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
He takes care of ALL of us, and supplies ALL of our needs!
Matthew 7:7 Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
Keep trusting him, coming to him in prayer and seeking him, he will provide a way.
3. We should live out of faith rather than feelings. Most often I feel insecure, unloved, or like I don’t have enough resources, but rarely ever is it true. Feelings remind me of tossing waves, sometimes up, sometimes down, but always moving and changing. We can’t rely on our feelings to give us sound judgement and truth. What we believe, we receive. If I think I am unloved and don’t have enough money or enough things, and believe it, that’s when worry really comes kicking my door down.
Matthew 21:22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.
We should live out of God’s word and rely on him for truth and direction, rather than how we are feeling. Believe his promises out of faith THEN we will receive.
4. Memorize scripture for times of trouble and anxiety. This is a big one for me. When I go to recall a scripture that will calm me down when I’m busy worrying, I often can’t remember it, or remember all of it! How can we ever feel peace from God’s promises if we don’t know what they are?
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
James 1:2-4 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
We should also be joyful when anxiety comes, I know what you’re thinking, yeah right! But when trouble comes, we develop our character, becoming more Christlike. I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to be more Christlike.
Matthew 6:8 Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!
How relieving! This verse makes me instantly worry less.
5. Put God first above everything else.
Matthew 6:31-34 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Putting God first in life melts away any other anxiety we might have. How amazing our God is.