When I first left Australia there were plenty of things that I worried and anxious about. What was it going to be like living so far away from my friends and family, would it be easy living to fit in with the people I lived with and would the food be okay? Fortunately for me, I quickly made new friends, my job went well, and I never went hungry.
God doesn’t want us to live in a state of worry or fear over the things of this world. Instead He wants us to put our faith and trust in Him as He values us and wishes to look after us. In verse 26 Jesus points out that the birds eat and are fed despite not, worrying, sowing their own seeds or growing their own food, “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. (ESV)”
When we start to worry or become anxious about something, it can be easy to view it as something that is bigger than God. That we have to deal with it on our own, or it’s not something that God would even concern Himself with. But God wants us to submit to him all that worries us and trust in Him. Isaiah 41:13 reads, “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you. (ESV)”
Instead of worrying, we should use the time and energy to “… seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness… (V.33a)” Worrying won’t get us towards God nor will it give us extra time on this earth (V.27). But by turning to God and allowing Him to take control, we open ourselves up to having a closer and more intimate relationship with the Father. From there He is able to answer the prayers that we have and bless us with what we need, “… and all these things will be added to you. (V.33b)”
Fear, worry, anxiousness and panicking are all things that God doesn’t want controlling our lives. Therefore, we should seek the peace and calm that comes from Him so that He may continue to look after us as the good Father.
Do you put your trust in Him?