The Sermon on the Mount: Day 22

Do Not Worry

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Today's Text: Matthew 6:25-34, Psalm 147:7-11, Philippians 4:4-7, 1 Peter 5:6-11

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25-34, Psalm 147:7-11, Philippians 4:4-7, 1 Peter 5:6-11

It rained hard today, soaking into the summer skin of Texas, the red dirt and rolling hills. I’ve been saying for days I needed to water the Blue Salvias, even though they’re drought-resistant. They are drooping and limp. I brushed past them yesterday and saw small blue bits floating down as I did. It is easy to believe I alone am their savior, their maker. That I must breathe life into them, coddle them into adulthood, water them in the evening, and watch them at noonday when the sun is highest and hottest. But it rained hard today, and their soil is moist and wet, and their leaves shimmer with droplets clinging in earnest. They know they need the water. And they know their true Maker gives what they need.

In our home we have a saying: We must be faithful to the Word of God and not to an outcome. This is our way of encapsulating what Jesus said in Matthew 6:

“So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (vv. 31-34).

Jesus was essentially saying that, in seeking first the kingdom, things will work out—not necessarily according to our plans, but according to His. When our attention and affection are rightly placed on God, we find that while He might not always give us what we want, He always gives us what we need.

I caught myself in worry this past week, noting it because I am not normally a worrier. I plan, I think, I process, I pray, but rarely do I worry. I know nothing can be added to my life by worrying, but sometimes I think everything will be added to my life by planning, thinking, processing, and even praying. I think I am magician and maker and manipulator, and if I do it all well, I will add to my life and flourish.

But in doing so, I am deeply deceived. Nothing is added to my life by worrying or spending time fretting about how I think things ought to go. In the end, what is taken from my life is the time I spent on something other than faithfully seeking the kingdom of God.

God provides what we need, and if we don’t have it, we don’t need it. This is a hard thing to believe and an even harder thing to live out. We are prone to inventing needs: new couches and new houses, new cars, phones, bodies, and attitudes. It’s no wonder we’re also prone to worrying when those perceived needs are not met. We, like the flowers in my gardens, may droop, and we may wilt a little, we may suffer. But “after [we] have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called [us ] to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish [us]” (I Peter 5:10).

Today, the God of all grace has given you all the graces you need because He cares for you. He will Himself restore you, confirm you, strengthen you, and establish you—for His sake and your good.

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Lore Ferguson Wilbert is a writer, thinker, and learner. She blogs at Sayable, and tweets and instagrams at @lorewilbert. She has a husband named Nate, a puppy named Harper Nelle, and too many books to read in one lifetime.

  • BS low – raotntaliiy high! Really good answer!

  • Kristen Clegs

    I know I’m sometimes tempted to measure God by my perception of His provision, to love Him when the outcome meets my approval. But it is His faithfulness and goodness – whether in giving or withholding – that establish me, strengthen me, confirm me, restore me. I love her reminder: “Be faithful to the Word of God, not to an outcome.” I could also add: “Rest in the character of God, not in your circumstances.”

  • Needed this today! I am 6 weeks pregnant and after a year and a half of trying to get pregnant was met with anxiety instead of joy as I am now so fearful of miscarriage. I am praying everything goes smoothly and trying to remind myself that God’s plan is greater than mine.

    • Joyce

      I am literally in the same boat as you, K! Almost down to the week. I catch myself anxiously saying, “Just stay pregnant, just stay pregnant” over and over again. I am so glad that Lord holds all of us in His hands.

      • Adrienne

        Praying for you both- and your pregnancies. God is good. He hears your prayers before they even leave your lips. Take heart.

  • Allison Joy

    1 Peter 5:7 has been one of my “life verses.” God often uses music to speak to me. My mom played piano for our church when she was pregnant with me, and so I have heard the old hymns literally from he womb, and I have always loved music. I learned “Cares Chorus” as a child from a Psalty tape, and it helped me get through some medical issues I had as a child. As an adult, God kind of brought the song back into my life. The Psalty version I learned as a kid is still my favorite. I love the harmony part. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOMv8yiKkwM&t=7s

    • Jessica

      I love that song!! I too learned it as a kid. Several months ago I was dealing with some anxiety, and I taught my two young daughters to sing that song with me. Singing it together brought a peace to my heart, and now they know how to ask Jesus for peace when they are scared.

  • Ladies, I want to ask for prayer! My husband and I have been living with my mom for 1 1/2 we have a 1 year old and my mom and sisters are a big help but we want and are ready for a space of our own, the thing is I feel so bad leaving my mom and sisters, my mom raised us alone and my husband and I both help financially to give her some relief. God put it in my heart for a 2 family home to purchase. So if you don’t mind just praying for my family and our petition. Thank you ladies! I’m sure God will provide and his timing is perfect ❤️

    • Nathalie Yanna

      I will pray for your housing needs. And ask you to pray for me. I’m a 50 something former widow, & now newly wed, looking for a new home for my new husband & me. What do we need? May God direct us ..

    • Heidi V.

      I will pray for you. May God provide all that you need. He sees it. He knows it. He will.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Adela, thanks so much for being willing to share. We are praying for you and your family now and that God will bring provision and guidance! So glad to have you as a part of this community. – Abby, The SRT Team

      • Adela

        Thank you so much! I am beyond grateful and blessed to be part of this community! I’ve learned so much and have grown in Christ, with your help!

  • I am continually amazed at how God’s word meets me in the right place and at the right time. I didn’t do my devotional this morning, rushed through a 13 hour work day, mad because my relief came late, ran through the grocery store trying to plan dinner, hurry to let the dogs out and feed them, get short with my husband and mad because the chicken for dinner is not turning out right. Finally decide to open up SRT and what a reading. How convicting today! Don’t worry about the chicken! Don’t worry that your job is stressful and that you want to make a good impression and it’s all so confusing! Don’t worry that you haven’t packed anything for your work trip in 24 hours. And don’t worry that you have to work an extra shift! It’s overwhelming for sure. But I like that line in the devotional where she talks about worry taking away time from getting closer to God. Sometimes I worry because I feel like it’s doing something. Awesome reading today.

  • This hit home today….this morning my step father passed away after a year and a half of suffering and pain. This past week I’ve been more anxious than I have in a very long time. Watching him suffer has been excruciating for us all. We knew the day was coming and we just kept praying for the Lord to take him home and end his suffering. Finally it happened and although I’m sad, of course…I can’t help but feel at peace. To know that he is free and with God is a good feeling. The anxiousness is gone. Faith stood strong and conquered it. The calm always comes after a storm.

    • amylou

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Jenny. My mom passed away two months ago and the weeks before her passing were more unbearable than when she finally did. Isn’t it beautiful, though, the peace of knowing they are with the Lord and we will see them again? Praying for you.

      • Jenny

        Yes it’s a strange peace. Knowing they’re free and with God. Thank you Amylou! And I’m sorry for your loss as well

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Jenny, thank you for sharing this and we are sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family during this time, and so glad to have you as a part of the SRT community. – Abby, The SRT Team

  • The last two readings (Friday’s on possessions and today’s on worry) hit me a whole new way as I sit here dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Seeing so many ruined possessions just sitting on the curb all around me really makes “do not lay up treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy” come vividly to life. And as much as I cling to that biblical truth from Friday, today’s “do not be anxious about anything” is just as true. As my family (and the entire Houston area) works to clean stuff up, I pray that instead of worrying about how to restore our houses and lifestyles to what they were previously, we are focusing on spiritual restoration, building up treasure in heaven, and putting the entire process in the Lord’s very capable hands.

  • You know when you pray and pray and pray, but aren’t totally sure if God is listening? I mean.. you know He hears you, but sometimes you don’t feel like there’s that sign of acknowledgment that you so desperately think you need to know you’re being heard? This message was my “sign” today. I’ve always worried. About everything. But physical anxiety did not set in until 2013-2016 nearly wrecked me: the sudden loss of my brother in a tragic way, my dad in and out of addiction, moving, my house nearly falling apart, losing one baby at 8 weeks to a rare form of miscarriage, losing another baby at 18 weeks due to a rare blood clotting disorder, finding out I have said blood clotting disorder, losing my husband’s grandmother, and so many more. God sat with me in the trenches even when I was kicking and screaming, and carried me through these tough times with grace and love that only He can provide. But, even now, I easily forget His goodness as soon as I turn on the news and see war, division, racism, shootings, etc. How quickly I forget that He has me. That He has all of us. This world is full of pain and heartache, but he has overcome. Worrying gets us nowhere. Seeking Him, casting those cares on Him, puts right near His heart – the safest place there is.

    • She Reads Truth

      Melissa, we so appreciate you being willing to share these parts of your story. Thank you for being a part of this community and reminding us of the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord! – Abby, The SRT Team

  • Thank you for this message it hits home for me. I needed a wake-up today to enjoy what I have and trust in the Lord more

  • Diane Huntsman

    God provides what we need, and if we don’t have it, we don’t need it. This is a hard thing to believe and an even harder thing to live out. We are prone to inventing needs: new couches and new houses, new cars, phones, bodies, and attitudes. It’s no wonder we’re also prone to worrying when those perceived needs are not met.
    By inventing what we think we “need” we bring on our own worry… such good truth this morning! Thank you SRT!

  • I so needed this today! The amazing thing is that he ALWAYS shows up. Always. I need to surrender more of my worries to him. Thank you for this encouragement

    http://www.in-due-time.come

  • For me right now, my struggle is with a newborn who screams instead of sleeps (after being fed, burped, and changed, and who- for all intents and purposes- should be content.) I worry about what is wrong. I get upset and agitated and frustrated. I cry and blame myself. I stress about something that I can do literally nothing about… Only God can help her when she gets like that. So, rather than break down into emotional hysteria, my prayer is that I will seek Him first. For help and comfort for my daughter, and for strength and fortitude for me. God, help me TRUST you!

    • Amy V

      Beth, I’ve been there!! It is SUCH a hard time! Hang in there and make sure to get breaks for yourself when you can (and naps!).

    • HeatherJoy

      That is so awesome that you would think to ask God to help you with your little one. As a mother of a baby that constantly cried, I remember just how hard it was and how often I paced the floor and cried along with my baby, because holding her and walking was the only thing that seemed to help. Hopefully, you can have a break sometimes. I will pray for you.

    • Karen From Virginia

      Moment by moment I pray God meets you and strengthens you for all these hard but wonderful things.

    • SB

      Beth S! Praying for you! I had a little one like this! It is so hard and frustrating not knowing what to do and making nothing better. My little one didn’t like to be held either so I couldn’t comfort her! But I say this cause eventually a doctor gave us wonderful gas drops rx and she was a new baby! It took a while but my prayers were answered and we could sleep! The relief you could visibly see on her face when she took the medicine! Hang in there new momma! God will work it out, keep faith and take lots of breaks! It’s ok to step back and let your little one cry!

  • Worry shows lack of trust in God. It says that God is too big for my problems; and that I am the only one who can handle this. Yuck. God I repent of this mindset and put my trust in you.

  • Tochi Heredia

    I have the tendency to flee worrisome situations. Eyes that don’t see, heart that doesn’t feel, right? Whenever I’m faced with heartache or loss my initial instinct is to numb myself with entertainment to take my mind off it. It isn’t until I’m alone in the quiet that anxiety starts creeping in and the pain just overpowers everything.

    Yet in the midst of that pain is when I get closer to God. It’s when I can feel the brokenness around me that I can truly see that God is in control.

    Father, forgive me for trying to take control over my circumstances. Don’t let me waste the opportunity to put my life and my trust in your hands. Help me to quiet down all the voices that take my eyes off your providence. Fix my eyes on you and your kingdom.

  • I am definitely a worrier. It was passed down from my wonderful grandma (she was like a mom to me), who taught me everything she knew about worrying. Sometimes I feel like the things I worry about, while I’m in my comfortable home living in America, are so trivial compared to what people in places like the Congo, North Korea, or Syria must be worrying about, who might not even have a place to call home. Or food to eat. Or a family that’s still together. I definitely believe God sees us all, and can comfort us all. But sometimes I wonder what those people must be thinking if they’re reading, “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink” or “Do not be anxious about tomorrow”, as they watch their child starve to death. It’s humbling to me to acknowledge that there is not much in my life I need to be worrying about, and I shouldn’t be worried about anything! But there are plenty of people I could be praying for, to help lift up their burdens.

  • Hey Anita! I feel you, girl. When I was in the ninth grade, I broke my neck. God miraculously healed it, but the bone was stuck out of place for a very long time and so I was bedridden and dependent on others for everything, sometimes even using the bathroom. The trauma to my body caused my period to start earlier. I felt so bad for my mom. It was horrible.

    Sometimes it feels like God does not reach down and take care of us directly, but sometimes I feel like he does so by moving through others. So in that way, God does help you put on your socks. His angels are sometimes our family and friends.

    Praying for your healing! I hope you feel better soon! And thank you for your testimony this morning!

  • I really needed this today. I am 10 weeks pregnant as of Saturday. My husband and I are so excited yet I am worried I will have a miscarriage. I am anxiously awaiting my 12 week appointment on October 6th. I know that even after that nothing is guaranteed and I need to trust the Lord. I have this verse by my desk at work ” when I am afraid I put my trust in you, in God whose word I praise in God I trust, I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56: 10/11. I know worrying does nothing and that I am called to trust God’s perfect plan. It’s so hard when you want something so badly but it is out of your hands. If you could just pray for peace for me and my husband and health of our baby, I would really appreciate this. This is my first baby so all of these feelings and fears are so new to me. Thank you, xoxo.

    • Melanie Bisson

      Praying for you, Courtney!! I am 7 weeks pregnant and in the same boat – my first appointment is tomorrow. I’ve rejected all worry and when I feel it creeping in, I just praise Him and it fades away. It’s as if my spirit has its hands over my ears, blocking everyone’s comments.

      • Judy

        Praying for you both Courtney and Melanie. I remember having these same types of thoughts when I was pregnant with my girls who are now 15 and 12. I thought I didn’t deserve to have a healthy baby and be a mother. Father God I lift up both Courtney and Melanie and I ask that you give them your peace. Bless them and their beautiful babies. Remind them that you are walking right there alongside of them every step of the way. You love those babies even more than they do, they are ultimately Yours and you will take care of them.

  • I am home recovering from total knee surgery. One minute I believe I’m doing great, then I try to walk . I’m reminded I’m not. I’m dependent on others for basic things like cooking, cleaning, even putting my sock and shoe on the affected limb. Why do we find it easier to depend on our family and friends than we so our God? Is He not so much more? No, He probably won’t help me put my sock on today, but He calm my fear that creeps up and says to me I’m never going to be able to do what I once did before my knee injury that led to surgery. He cares about fears as much as He provides for my physical needs. He knows me. He loves me anyway. Seeking Him first is my goal today. Before physical therapy. Before I sit and pay my bills. Before I ask others to do what I’m not able to do. I obviously really needed this devotion this morning!

  • I am not a big worrier, but the time I do find myself worrying is in the middle of the night. When I awaken and my mind starts racing I can get really anxious. I worry about things that are irrational. Praying gets my mind more active. Instead, at those times I just keep repeating Psalm 56:3. “What time I am afraid I will trust in Thee”. I mentally put myself in the palm of God’s hands and rest there. It helps me.

    • Melinda

      Amen!! Turn to Him, trust in Him, and the God who never sleeps will let you!

  • As someone who has struggled with debilitating fear and anxiety (and I’m guessing I’m not the only one here), this passage both encourages and frustrates me. To someone who vividly pictures worst-case scenarios in everyday situations, and who becomes emotionally, mentally, and physically enslaved to those pictures, slapping “just don’t worry” feels like a band-aid fix. But through two years of learning in the trenches about anxiety, worry, and fear, God has shown me His deeper answers to the question of “is God big enough to cure my anxiety?” The answer is YES. The crux of this passage is v33: “but seek first HIM.” Philippians 4:4-9: cast your anxieties on Him, intentionally filter what you think about, and the peace of God will guard your mind. God made His victory over my anxiety known when I learned to guard my mind against the lies and disbelief from the enemy, and to turn my mind towards Christ through daily time with Him (actually, dedicating time in the SRT Isaiah study in April). For those who struggle with true anxiety, “do not worry” doesn’t cut it; but God knows that. Don’t overlook this passage and the others shared today as they contain the deeper nuggets to claiming victory over the chains of anxiety.

    • hilary

      Thank you for this. I also struggle with anxiety and heavy fear of almost everything. You are completely correct. My God is able to heal me from my fear and anxiety. If I keep my eyes fixed on HIM, and situations. Daily time in the word helps me to know scripture so I can fight off my fearful and anxious thoughts.

      • CM

        I too, struggle with anxiety, to the point where I thought it was simply just part of who I was. Recently I was sent the study on the Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer and learned that is it very possible to live without fear and anxiety! Please check it out if you have the chance, or at least read the passages on the armor of God. He has given us all we need to live victoriously and free from the slavery of fear, we just have to figure out how to put it all on and walk in it every day.

        • Marge

          I am a recovering “worrier” and I say a loud YES to the Armor of God study and also a book titled “Calm My Anxious Heart”. Just utter the words “I trust you, Jesus”!

    • Heather

      I have a friend who learned to say that her son was “Overcoming his battle with anxiety” instead of saying “He struggles with anxiety” Our words are so powerful. Now her son is healed of anxiety and walking out live confidently without that! I encourage every lady to speak it that way when speaking about anxiety! God has already won this for you! You are an overcomer of anxiety!

      • Heidi V.

        Yes. Good to remember. I will use these words for my daughter in the same boat. Thanks for sharing.

  • Karen From Virginia

    When I was younger I thought I wasn’t a worrier, but I have learned that my anxiety looked a little different. I’ve had a reason to be afraid of my life but that was my childhood not my adult life. It is amazing how much of that childhood life has affected the way I perceive others and created fear. But the Lord is faithful. Jesus has brought a lot of healing to me over the years of learning to trust him, to trust his love and to realize I don’t need to be anxious because he will take care of me. Even when I make big mistakes or when things happen to me, the Lord always provides a way out. I don’t always enjoy the path but it is taught me that he is faithful and I can rest in him. I am praying I continue to grow and resting and trusting. Being thankful and declaring daily my gratefulness has helped me to see that God will continue his goodness even when things go Waze I don’t plan. I want to live a life that when it is over and I am with Jesus, I don’t look back and think why did Nite trust him more? It is a daily journey.

  • I’m really struggling with this exact thing right now. Our first child was born in May, and finances were tight, but we felt like we would be ok at the end of the month. Then, when she was three months old, my husband unexpectedly lost his job. Then our dogs got fleas. Then our guest bathroom developed urgent plumbing issues. We had already gone through our limited savings due to the extra expenses of expecting and having a new baby. I don’t know how we are going to pay our bills next month; I don’t know how we’re going to pay a plumber. We have friends and family and our church who I know will not let us starve or become homeless, but I’m still so scared, if I’m being honest. It’s so hard to think, “if you lose your house, your car, your animals, then you didn’t really need them…” We still have all those things, so I confess that I really worrying about tomorrow as I should not, but it is so, so hard right now. We

    • Laura

      Praying for God’s provision and peace of mind!

    • Lore Ferguson Wilbert

      Just dipping in here, Su, because I read your comment and my heart broke a bit. In the past two years, we miscarried twice and now have unexplained infertility, my husband lost his job and was unemployed for six months, in a new city we’d just moved to, in a home we nearly lost (and ended up losing 100k on the final sale of), we moved cross-country three times in 21 months, and there have been so many HARD things at times I’ve felt like I couldn’t breathe (there’s more of the backstory on my blog at Sayable.net). I wanted to dip in here and say I’m praying for you. These are scary thugs you’re walking through and in the midst of them it is hard to believe God gives what we need. I am praying for your joy and your faith this morning. And for bits of grace to ft themselves into every crevice of doubt. You are loved and seen and known by the God of the universe. He sees. He cares. And he’s not surprised by your situation or questions in the midst of it all. He can handle it. Ask those questions, pound your fists, if you must. At the end of all this, God remains. Love to you this morning.

    • Lana

      Praying for you sweet, Su. That part of the devotional stuck out at me too. What helps me is remembering the earlier part, “when our attention and affection are rightly placed on God…” In life, we often have two choices: we can focus on our worries or we can focus on our God. What focusing on God means to me is focusing on his love. It means changing my expectation to appreciation.

      We can only really focus on God like this after we surrender our hearts and problems to Him and his glorious will. I know sometimes I have to ask him to help me surrender, but he always does. And then the next part is key. Surrendering to God’s will doesn’t mean you sit around passively. It means you take action on His guidance. This can seem overwhelming, but the way I look at it, it’s not about the big picture. It’s about doing the next thing right. Whatever that next thing is. Even if that next thing is something a little random like comforting a neighbor. It’s about asking God what you should do and acting in the loving ways he guides you. At least that’s what I’m doing in my life.

      It’s like being an empty rice bowl. In the morning, I’ve been saying: God. I am an empty rice bowl. Please pour everything you have into me for the day. Please help me understand and appreciate whatever that is. Thank you!

      Anyway, I say all that to say: surrender (ask God for help if you need to) and act on his guidance when it comes. Focus on doing the next thing right. Pray for peace! May God show you His love in ways you can see and feel and may he bless you with miracles. Praying for your family and your pooches. Hope this makes sense. I’ve been actively trying to do the same on my life!

    • Kara

      Su, I was in a similar position a year and a half ago. We had unplanned twins, and four days after they were born and still in the NICU, my husband lost his good-paying job. At that moment I had a choice – to stress, worry, and control, or to bow before the Lord and thank Him for his provision. I even thanked him for the tough things because I trusted it was part of His long term plan for us. The next year was not easy, but I was able to see with renewed perspective all the things that happened after I surrendered to Him. Praying for your little family and that He will show up in real, tangible ways for you today.

    • Kristin Erickson

      I notice I get anxiety when I’m trying to control MY life in MY own strength. I know how scary finances can be and the weight of all other burdens (my dog constantly gets fleas). Sometimes it can be so overwhelming that I just want to curl up in a ball and not deal with anything. Money seems to make me scared about everything in my life when I don’t have it. I am constantly worrying about everything and haven’t figured out how not to worry yet, but I am practicing how not to worry. One day at a time. One thing that helps is being completely honest with God and giving it to him. Instead of pretending to not be worried or trying to convince myself I’m not worried, I say “God, I am so frickin’ scared right now about my finances and I need your help. I’m sorry for trying to do everything on my own. I need you. I need your wisdom. Help me.”
      Sometimes just the conversation alone can calm me down a bit. Fear may not go away completely, but I’m bringing it to God and attempting to release control of my life. Maybe over time He can take away my anxiety and worry. Maybe through practice it will no longer have a hold on me. Maybe over time He can take away YOUR fear and anxiety.
      I pray for you and everyone else who is battling anxiety. I pray that overtime anxiety no longer has a hold on you Su. God Bless.

  • churchmouse

    “God provides what we need, and if we don’t have it, we don’t need it.” That is an easier statement to accept when the subject is material possessions. But that statement is small comfort to those who desire children and can’t conceive. Or those who have lost a child. The desire to reproduce can be so strong and in itself can come from God but that statement seems harsh when the desire remains unfulfilled. (Can you tell I’ve spent some time recently talking to a young woman about this very thing?) Philippians 4:5b-6: The Lord is near. (your desire has not been overlooked or forgotten.) Keep praying but remember to keep an eye out for God’s blessings in the waiting. Write them down. A mind me from a friend. Those who faithfully pray with and for you. A beautiful sunrise. Present your request to God. Ask for peace. Maybe you won’t feel it today, or tomorrow. But continue to lean into Him who is near.

    • Karen From Virginia

      You are right. It is easier when it is about a trip I want to take or a material possession. But the Lord calls us deeper in. When there is sorrow and wrestling with the questions of how life unfolds weather is about children, marriage, illnesses. These are hard questions and it is important to learn how to wrestle with the Lord and understand it is OK to cry out to him but also beautiful to learn the glad heart of surrender. I don’t understand his ways I don’t have to God calls me to trust them. Life is hard. But my experience has been that when I run to him in my suffering and my pain, Jesus is there. He is enough. He is the comforter. I’ve only learned through the hard times to go deeper. Learning to rest in Jesus and trust that his plans are the best and pleasing him is most important is a lifelong journey. Raw and real.

  • I feel like anxiety and worry are running rampant in our society today. I feel like busyness is a disease with everyone trying to do everything they can for themselves and their children. But all this is doing is compounding the anxiety, when all we really need to “do” is stop. Stop scheduling activities. Stop adding things to our plates. And start just being in the presence of God and those around us. Focusing our eyes and our motives on Jesus. I think so many of the anxieties we suffer would fade into the background. Praying for you all to find quiet moments today!

    • Carol

      Yes, yes! Thank you

    • Erin

      Yes, this. Praying so much against the anxiety and fear that fuels our culture– especially in the church! May our peace and trust in Christ grow and shine outwardly to a world that writhes in fear.

    • Kristin Erickson

      SO true! Amen! Stop adding things to our plates!

  • Prayer needs to be my “go to” response, but sometimes I don’t pray about something because I think it’s trivial or it’s something I can take care of. That’s when I start to worry and be anxious – because I’m trying to do it myself.
    Philippians 1:6 says to pray about everything. I have this note written in my Bible next to that verse.
    “I don’t get to decide what is trivial and what is weighty. God delights in giving His best to His children. Sometimes it’s a provision you never saw coming. Sometimes it’s a new friendship or a relationship restored. Sometimes it’s a no to your request…protecting you from something unforeseen. And sometimes it’s a straight up gift…better than you could imagine. But He wants us to seek Him, to talk to Him, and to trust Him with the big and small issues in our lives.”
    I love the reminder that we don’t get to decide what’s trivial and what’s weighty. God sees it all and He wants to hear about it all. He’s really got this!

  • I needed this message today. Thank you. I have been overwhelmed the past few weeks and I have been worrying, suffering, and complaining. I needed to be reminded that God will provide what is needed and I don’t need to worry.

  • “When our attention and affection are rightly placed on God, we find that while He might not always give us what we want, He always gives us what we need.”
    Thank you SRT for the truth in this – it’s focusing on Him and His plans that provide our daily bread…
    Really wanting to trust and not worry at the moment as I am in early pregnancy and have been worried about losing it.
    Needing His daily grace x

    • Bri

      Praying over you this morning, Jen. I prayed for a healthy pregnancy and for you to not be filled with worry but filled with trust in our Lord. I’m seven and a half months pregnant with our first- I know the worry you’re experiencing. Let us run to the Lord daily and place those worries at the foot of His cross.

    • smp

      Praying for you and your Baby

    • Lana

      Praying for your peace, Jen! And of course you and your baby and your family too! Goes without saying!

    • K

      I’m in a similar place; will pray for you and your baby :)

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