“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Philippians 4:6 HCSB
Yesterday, we learnt that worrying is unnecessary and unproductive. It is not even God’s will for His children. See the text below:
“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?” (Luke 12:25-26 ESV)
Rather than get anxious about a situation, there are some dispositions the Bible encourages us to have. One of such is prayer, as we learnt yesterday. Another is to trust in God. This is our focus for today.
The story is told of a widow of Zarephath and Elijah in 1 Kings 17. She was down to her last meal and ready to die. Then the Prophet Elijah gave a word and an instruction which she obeyed without doubting or asking questions. Here is what happened:
“So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.” (1 Kings 17:15-16 NLT)
We also have the example of Father Abraham. He believed God’s promises and acted on them. Even when the future looked bleak, his faith was unshaken. He trusted God’s word that his descendants will be as innumerable as the sand on the seashore, and it was so. (Gen 12:1-4, 22:17, Heb 11:12)
An anxious man will rarely make the best decisions. Friends, there is a blessing in waiting and trusting. We must guard our hearts against worry and fix them on the promises of God.
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 AMP)
Theologians have also posited that the phrase “Fear not” or “Do not be afraid” appears 365 times in the Bible. So, there’s enough reminders to go round our daily lives on a yearly basis. Fear not how the events of life will turn out. Just trust God.
Dear believer, you must understand that God is stable, reliable and consistent. He can be trusted. So, quit worrying and trust Him!
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 3:1-20, Ephesians 4:25-32, Psalm 119:65-72, 1 Kings 13-14.