Worry . . . It seems to be a built-in feature that every person has. The worries creep in, sometimes subtly and other times quite blatantly, but they all have the same effect. Worry binds us. For those of us who are children of God, to worry is to take our focus off of Him and put it on ourselves. What does God have to say about worry?
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Matthew 6:25-34, KJV
So, does worry bring glory to the Lord? Of course not! He actually commands us not to worry. So, why do we worry? Do we think we are going to fix a problem or the uncertainty of our futures by worrying? It sounds pretty silly when you think of it that way.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. Corrie Ten Boom
We can trust God, and we should trust Him, but it is a choice we must make and allow the Lord to continue to grow us in our faith. I’m still learning to trust God more, but as I have trusted Him, in the past, He has proved Himself to trustworthy. He often goes above and beyond what I was expecting. He is so patient with me when I hesitate or question, and He always reassures me and draws me to Himself. He is a good God! He is a good Father.
If you are wanting your faith to be grown and you would like to trust God more, here are a few practical ways you can start.
First, ask God to grow your faith in Him. It can’t be done unless He is the One doing it.
Second, in the Bible, read about God’s faithfulness. It is full of His promises! Choose some verses, about God’s faithfulness or His commands to trust Him, and memorize them.
Third, find stories of those who have lived victorious lives for Christ and read about them (or listen to an audio version). A few of my favorites are Hudson Taylor, Brother Andrew, and Amy Carmichael.
How have you learned to trust God, in the past? Do you have some practical advice for those who want to grow in this area? Please leave a comment below.