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By J. A. Shodeinde
03 October 2021   |   4:00 am
Caring and worrying about worldly things is forbidden. The providential goodness of God should keep us from worrying about how we are going to survive. Though we may find ourselves in terrible situations, all we need is to have faith in God.

J. A. Shodeinde<br />

“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?” (Matthew 6:25)

“Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed” (John 6:27). 

Caring and worrying about worldly things is forbidden. The providential goodness of God should keep us from worrying about how we are going to survive. Though we may find ourselves in terrible situations, all we need is to have faith in God. It doesn’t matter how little our faith is, but I assure you, it can move mountains. Matthew 6:26 says, “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?” The Lord Who provided Manna for the children of Israel can still provide for all our needs. God’s promises should keep us from worrying. God does not lie. He promised to make Abraham a father of many nations, and He fulfilled His promise. Accepting Jesus has made us seeds of Abraham, so we also partake in the blessings of Abraham.

Obeying God’s commandments as Abraham did will help us get to our Promised Land. Trusting in God frees us from all forms of fear and anxiety. Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” Shadrach Meshach and Abednego trusted God so much that they refused to bow to the Idol of Nebuchadnezzar. They said they believed God would save them and if He didn’t, they would not bow for a strange God. God never disappointed them. Cast your burden upon Him, and He will sustain you. Cast all your burdens on Jesus for He cares for you. He will never let the righteous suffer. No evil can consume the righteous. We cannot be weighed down by burden, because Jesus is ready to bear them for us, as He really cares. There was a fierce storm, when the disciples were journeying in a boat with Jesus Christ and they were sorely afraid. They woke up Jesus, and asked Him if He didn’t care if they perished. Jesus rebuked and stilled the storm. He asked them why they were fearful. He asked them why they lacked faith. Jesus wanted His disciples to have faith in Him in place of fear and panic. In the midst of the storm of life, God wants you to have confidence in Him.

This story implies that we need to call on Jesus when we need Him. But if we choose not to call Him to our affairs, He stays aloof. Let our requests be made to Him through our prayers and supplication alongside thanksgiving, and the peace of God beyond all understanding will reign in our hearts. God wants you to live a life of peace and not a restless one. In the middle of tribulations, we can still enjoy God’s peace and joy, when our request is made known to Him. Instead of bothering about food and what to wear like those who don’t know Christ, let’s bother about the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, for our Father in Heaven can supply all our needs. He takes care of the fowls of the air and clothes the grass of the fields; surely, He will take care of those who serve Him. 

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