“But if God dresses the grass of the field in this way, although it is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not do so much more for you, you of little faith?” Matthew 6:30 LEB
Following on from yesterday’s post…
What should we do instead of worry?
1. HAVE FAITH
If from our text above, Jesus implied little faith caused worry, I believe the converse is true – adequate faith can dispel worry.
What then is faith? “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see”. Hebrews 11:1 NLT
This confidence is based on He who has made the promise, GOD, with whom it is impossible to lie (Hebrews 6:17-19), and who watches over His word to perform it (Jer 1:12). Faith is an attitude that takes God at His Word; one that believes and confesses ‘if God says it, it must be so!”
How do we get faith? By hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
What we hear is the basis of our belief. Abraham, the Father of faith, was so called because he held on to God’s promise made to him when he was 75, that he would have a child through his then 65 year-old wife, Sarah. This promise took a long 25 years before it came to pass with the birth of Isaac (Genesis 12:4-7; 15:1-6; 17:19-21; 18:9-14; 21:1-7).
This is what the Bible says about Abraham’s faith:
“Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise, in fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.” Romans 4:20 NLT
I believe his faith grew stronger by continuously baring in mind the covenant God made with him and constantly rehearsing God’s promise to himself, especially in moments when he was tempted to worry; one way faith is expressed is through our lips (Hebrews 11:3; James 2:20-26).
How do we use faith to displace worry?
Well, look at the source of your worry and see if God has anything to say about it in the Bible. The context of our text shows that God is more willing to clothe us, His children, than the the grass who He ensures are beautifully clothe, although they would end up being burned. That should sort out issues of worry related to clothing needs. If money is the source of worry, we take God’s Word in Psalms 23:1 and Phillipians 4:19, and trust Him to provide for us.
Keep digging into the Bible; because there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc 1:19), I’m very confident that there’s no cause of worry that God has not provided a solution for in His Word. Don’t try to figure out how God is going to pull off a miracle for you; in my experience, it actually delays, limits and hinders Him. You have and show your faith, and let God bring to pass the promise the best way He deems fit 😀
We’ll yet consider another thing to do instead of worry tomorrow by God’s grace.
God bless you🙂
© Lydia Ndagilaya for PneumaWord
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