I love music. Always have. From my days as a little kid playing the piano..to my days of my youth when I sang and played the flute. I just love music. It is an escape of sorts. A refuge. A healing balm even. I am so thankful that God chooses to speak to us through music at times, too.
There is a song that I started my day off with and it has stuck with me all day long. Funny how it is just the song I needed. God knew. I will attach the song at the end of this blog post so that you can listen to it. 🙂
During my quiet time with God today, I was drawn to Matthew. God doesn’t make mistakes. The passage of Scripture goes right along with the song that has been with me all day.
Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV) ~ “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Read that again. I did. Several times.
What is Jesus saying?
He’s saying that HE’S GOT THIS. HE’S GOT ME COVERED.
He’s saying, Child….why in the world don’t you trust me?
He’s saying, Put GOD FIRST and SEEK God’s will..not our own..and then everything will fall into place. Maybe not into the place we expected or even thought we wanted. But it will fall into the place He meant for it to. When we seek HIM and put HIM in FIRST place, it is ALL going to work out the way it is supposed to. HIS way..not ours.
There is some really good advice in those ten verses. That is Jesus speaking.
He isn’t saying that your day is going to be trouble-free when you trust HIM. He IS saying that God knows what we need and HE will and does provide. Daily.
He is NOT saying that you shouldn’t plan for your future. Planning and Worrying are two entirely different things. A plan is good. BUT..Worry is bad. Reminds me of a little card that has been in my car every day for the past almost five years straight. My husband gave it to me. I keep it on my dash where I see it daily. It says : ( Worry:BAD Prayer:GOOD Got it ? ) and has a verse on it..Philippians 4:6 ~ Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Pretty awesome card.
Quit worrying. Trust God. Put HIM first. Have faith. Pray. Be thankful. AND again…stop all that worrying. Remember what HE said in Matthew 6:27…”And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
Basically, being anxious or worrying doesn’t do any good at all. It is a waste of time. That is the difference in planning for the future versus worrying about the future. One is preparing and the other is wasting.
We have all been guilty of worrying. Even if we don’t show it to the outside world. We all worry at times. Worry causes stress. Stress causes sickness. It just doesn’t do a bit of good.
We all hurt at times…Things fall apart sometimes. Who do you run to at those times? Where do you turn? I hope you’ll choose to turn to THE ONLY ONE who will never leave or forsake you.
Trusting God just lifts that weight off of your chest. HE knows best. All He asks is that we put HIM first and trust HIM.
I hope you’ll take the time to listen to this song that I have had on my heart all day. It is beautiful..
Steady My Heart by Kari Jobe..1-01 Steady My Heart
Until Next Time,
P.S. Here are some quotes about worrying that I like.
“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom