Every morning I wake up to two ginger cats screaming their faces off for me to get them food. They will cry, whine, and meow until there is literally food in their mouths to shut them up. Interestingly, they will persistently meow as I am in the process of preparing their food, as if they’re worried I won’t take care of them. Not a morning passes that I forget to feed Hossa and Turner, yet they cry and cry as if I may not take care of their hunger needs.
Do you ever worry that God won’t take care of you and your needs? Have you prayed, asked God for help and wondered if He even listens, if He cares, if He’ll do anything about it? Maybe you’re worried about test results of a family member who is ill or worried about relationships that are falling apart. If we’re not careful, those worries can turn to doubts, and doubts can produce a gradual loss of faith all together. So, do you faithfully believe that God will take care of you in your times of need?
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus teaches on worry. He urges to not spend time worrying about your needs, what you’ll eat, drink, or what you wear. In verses 26 and 27, Jesus gives us a great mental picture of just how much we are cared for when He says,
"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? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
Even the sparrows of the earth are provided for. They don’t have to work the fields to produce crop, yet God provides for their needs. We are so much more valuable in God’s eyes than some sparrows - so if God provides for them, how much more will He provide for us? The depth of His provision is unending. Jesus continues imploring us to not worry, but seek after God. In verses 33-34, He says,
“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."
In times of need, in moments of worry - turn to God for help first. Fill you thoughts with His desires above yours. Take on His character in all aspects of life - especially times of need. Understand that as God increases, worry decreases. If we seek after God, His Word, His love, we’ll know that all of our needs will be met and our worries will greatly diminish. But once you give up on that rock solid faith in God’s provision and stop seeking Him, then struggles and doubts will enter. Have you considered that in the moment when you are doubting, worrying, and crying out for help - that God not only knows your need, but is in the process of taking care of it, and you just don’t know or notice?
Now I need to make a quick, but important distinction. There is a difference between worry and concern. When times are tough and you are in need, it is natural for us to feel unease. Anxiety-driven worry immobilizes you, dwells on the negative, and causes doubts. But concern moves you to action - causes you to reach out and help, prompts you to pray in times of unrest. When there is something difficult going on and you are in need, don’t let that paralyze you; instead, let that push you all the more towards God, prayer, and confidence that the Creator of the universe has your back.
Philippians 4:19 says that God will supply our every need. That doesn’t mean that trusting in Jesus makes your life super perfect, easy, and comfortable. There will be things that we go through that we don’t want to, but we trust in Romans 8:28 that all things will work according to God’s good will. Even when it’s difficult (more importantly when life is difficult), understand and trust that the more we seek God, the more our worries will fade away.