“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
These words seem so simple, yet they are so hard to put into practice. It seems that each day is filled with worry. There are countless Bible verses and songs that speak about anxiety and how we have to trust God. But there are times when that seems almost impossible. I mean, how can we trust someone we don’t see?
As always God shows us the answers right in the Bible.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are..” ~1 John 3:1
We are considered Children of God through our faith in His Son (see Galatians 3:36). As children of God we are given the great privilege of addressing God as our Father (see Romans 8:15). Since we as His Children are flesh and blood, He became one of us (see Hebrews 2:14-18, Philippians 2:5-8).
“For one would scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us…while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son…”
God didn’t wait for us to “get it all together” until He came to save us. He came when everything was falling apart. He came right in the middle of the ugly battle for our hearts, souls, and minds and showed us a greater love and a better way to live.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is Christ Jesus.”
Just because we come to Jesus doesn’t mean that we will automatically have life put together. We all have struggles. We all have areas where we are weak. But the point of this life is to bring glory to God. Paul one of Jesus’ deciplies, pleaded with God to take away a “thorn in his flesh”. God answered Paul’s prayer with a sweet promise that gives us hope today.
“…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
~2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
Sometimes God gives us challenges so that He alone can be glorified (see John 9:3).
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.”
Jesus didn’t just swoop in to rescue us, show us how to live a life pleasing to His Father, and then expect us to figure out the rest. He gave us a Helper. His very own Spirit. This Spirit is God living inside of us (Galatians 2:20).
The way to beat anxiety and fear and worry is to simply trust the God who loves us (see John 3:16). Take the promises that are in His word and hold on to them with all that you have. Resist the Devil and draw near to God (James 4:8). He will be your strength. Hold tight to Him and remember that He didn’t give us a Spirit of Fear. But one of “power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Until next time,