Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Mathew 6: 24-26
Many times, I have read these verses and even sang the song “Consider the Lillies” and still somewhere in my mind, I’m worrying about something. Worrying about health problems, my kids and their health problems, financial problems.The list can go on and on. If we truly believe what the Bible says, why do we still struggle with this? The Lord told his disciples in these verses to not take thought for their life — what they were going to eat, or wear. He was in complete control of their lives. Just as he was then, He is in complete control of our lives now.
I’m going to share a story with you about when all my worry began. After just a few years of marriage and two little lives joined our family, we found ourselves in complete doubt and total frustration. We went from living in our own home in Knoxville, TN with steady jobs to living with my in-laws and no income at all. What we thought was going to happen did not happen. I woke up one morning with the left side of my face numb. and I had tingling sensations all over different parts of my body. I made an appointment with a doctor who told me that I could either have a tumor on my brain or I could have MS. She wanted to do an MRI, but with no jobs and no insurance there was not a possibility of an MRI. Being a nurse, I immediately started thinking “What if I’m sick? What if I have cancer? What if I have MS?”
Within a week, I had every symptom of MS. I was so weak, I couldn’t climb stairs. I was having numbness in my legs and arms. I was sick with worry. Worry had consumed me. All I could think about was MS. How was would I take care of my family if I was in a wheel chair? After 2 years of testing and seeing several specialists, my neurologist told me that I did not have MS, I did not have a tumor and I was essentially healthy. If I was healthy, why was my body feeling this way? Why was I going through this? Why was I constantly worrying, when everything medically was fine?
I truly feel that this time in my life was a life lesson that the Lord was teaching me. I had let worry control my life for so long, I was so unhappy in all of my relationships. I could not serve the Lord with gladness. I couldn’t find peace or happiness — I felt so empty. I finally determined that if I was going to be an effective Christian, I had to get myself out of this deep hole that I had been in for so long. I searched the Scripture and earnestly prayed. I had others pray for me. I sought counsel from godly women who the Lord had put in my life. Through my Bible study, God gave me verses that I trusted in. Of course, none of it was new or something I hadn’t read before, but it was just what I needed. It was Jesus loving me and caring for me. Many times we look to other things, other people, other books to bring us comfort, when ALL we need is God’s precious word.
I found 38 different passages where the Lord encourages his people and disciples. I am going to share a few with you (some are paraphrased). I hope that you can refer to them when you are struggling with worry or doubt.
Matthew 6: 25-34
The Lord speaks of the lillies of the field. He is so diligent in taking care of the fowl of the air, the animals, the fish in the sea. So, why wouldn’t he take care of his most beautiful, beloved Creation?
Come unto me, all that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. There is no greater peace and comfort than lying down at night knowing that the Creator of the universe is watching over you.
Peace I leave with you…let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Hebrews 13:5-6 …”I will never leave thee or forsake thee.” I love the word never here. Never means never. The Lord delights in being with us. We should strive every day to keep the worry at bay by spending time with him through prayer and reading his word.
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
Trust can be difficult at times. Especially when it’s trusting in something or someone that has hurt you. But Christ makes it so simple and easy. We just have to have faith like a little child.
But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
This was my favorite verse find during this study. How powerful are the Lords words here. Many times in this life we will pass through the waters and through the fire, but thank the Lord, He will be there to keep us safe. He will us keep us from drowning from life’s troubles, from the fires that can seem to rage at a minute’s notice. He is there in every circumstance, in every trial, in every Doctor’s visit, every funeral home, and in every worry that this life can bring.
While we were on deputation, my mother went thru a medical scare. There was a “spot” that they found on an MRI scan that looked suspicious of cancer. After my mom telling me this, my mind went crazy with thoughts. I was just a couple of months from leaving for the field and all I could think about was my mom could have cancer and I’m not going to be here to take care of her. During all of this, my mom had perfect peace. She was not concerned or worried about her outcome. She told me that she brought her burden to the Lord and He gave her rest! What a tremendous lesson the Lord taught me through that time.
My question to you and to me is: why worry when we have HIM?