Can any of you add a cubit to his height by worrying? If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest? Consider how the wildflowers grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will He do for you—you of little faith? Don’t keep striving for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you.
(Luke 12:25-31, HCSB)
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I saw the slogan “Warrior Not Worrier” on a T-Shirt recently and it hit me. It hit me so much so that I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. I tend to be the worrier. Sometimes worry grabs hold of me and I don’t even know it. I worry about finances and relationships and my purpose and the future. It’s not intentional.
I happen to be a first born who grew up like an only child. So, I have tendencies of both. I am a planner. I am all about the details. I like to be in control. I like to know what is coming next. I like things done my way, in my timing.
It’s a lot, right? And for some reason God like things done His way, in His timing. Imagine that…the Creator of the Universe knows better than I do. But how often do I forget that? How often do you forget that?
In my anxiety and need to know all the outcomes, I am missing out on a sweet work that God wants to accomplish within me.
These verses in Luke blow me away every time I read them. I often forget that God is a good Father who has my best in mind. I am all too occupied with what situations look like in the natural rather than through His perspective. His heart for us is to remember His goodness and His love toward us. As we remember that, we lean into His presence and find rest there.
In that rest we, find peace and faith and trust. We step into our true identities as the beloved daughters of God. We step into the fullness of His power. We become warriors who fight the good fight and allow His past faithfulness to build our present faith.
It breaks His heart to watch us strive and worry and fear because He didn’t give us that spirit. He gave us a spirit of power and love and a sound mind. We may not know all that the future holds, but we know who holds our future.
It’s that simple. It’s not always easy, but as we continue to seek the Lord and His Kingdom, He increases our faith. As we set our gaze on the giver of every perfect gift, He opens the floodgates of Heaven with every blessing and provision.
Then, we become living examples of God’s goodness, grace and love to a lost and hopeless world around us.
Father, thank You for being good and kind to us. You are loving and faithful beyond all reason. Thank You for the gift of faith. Thank You for reminding us that You are our provider and it is Your delight to do so. You call us beloved. You shower peace in our hearts and rest to our souls. May we seek You above all the cares of this world. May we tune every other voice out in order to hear Your whisper. We thank You for the work You’re doing even when we don’t understand or can’t see it. May our lives trust You at all times, in every way.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Do you tend to be more of a worrier or a warrior? In what ways is your faith built up? How has God reminded you of His promise to provide?
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