Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.
“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 important than food, and the body more important 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O 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. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
– Matthew 6:25-34
Worry or anxiety is fear based. In the Gospels, Jesus often says, “Do not be afraid”. In this text, Jesus assures His listeners that God is aware of their needs and is committed to meet their needs. Sometimes we get confused about the difference between needs and wants. Often when we struggle to trust God it is because we don’t know Him well enough. In First John, we are told, “Perfect love casts out all fear!” The only love that is perfect is God’s love for us. Our love for Him is imperfect. Therefore, as we begin to understand and embrace God’s love for us, we supernaturally become less fearful.
The Big Question
If you are struggling in your faith, how can you get to know God better? What kinds of “worry” was Jesus warning against here? What’s the difference between being a worrier and being a responsible conscientious person? The Father knows what we need. How do we discern between needs and wants? What are you worrying about today? What can you do to trust God with this matter?
Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.