Do you sometimes doubt whether your Heavenly Father really cares about you and the everyday things that cause you anxiety? The car didn’t start, and you were late for work. The kids were dressed for school, you got a phone call, they got their clothes dirty and you had to re-dress them and they were late for school. The electric went out and you lost all the frozen food in your freezer. You dropped your cellphone and the glass shattered so now it’s difficult to see the screen. These things are all an aggravation that many of you have experienced. Does God really care about them?
You just bought new tires for your car. But you didn’t buy road hazard insurance. Two days later, you run over something in the road and ruin one of the tires. Your children are slacking off in school. You know they can do better but it seems that they are satisfied with “C’s” and “D’s.” What do you do? The stock that you were invested heavily in suddenly takes a downturn. You loose thousands of dollars. Now what happens to your retirement plan? Is God interested in these things?
Stressful situations come at us in many ways. I tell our people, “Life comes at you fast.” Sometimes, we don’t know what is right around the corner, do we? One minute the sun is shining, the sky is blue, there are big, white, puffy clouds and Mr. Bluebird is on our shoulder. The very next minute, we are in the midst of a tornado, hanging on for dear life. Where is God in all of these things? What are we going to do? How can we work these things out for good? Could I share something really important with you? Here it is. If we really believe what the Bible says about God loving us and caring for us, then we could experience awesome liberation from our worry.
Check out Matthew 6:26 where Jesus says how little worth the flowers and the birds are but yet He takes care of them. Do you not think that He will take care of you? You are worth much more than a flower or a sparrow to Him — His only Son died for you — that should tell us just how much God cares for us.
See at times, we get all worked up and we start to worry, and we don’t know which way to turn or what to do. We get stressed because things are out of control and we’re not able to fix them. Many times, I have had couples come into my office and expect me to fix something in their marriage that has been wrong for years and years. In recent years I explain to them that my magic wand is broken and there is nothing I can do. But I don’t want to leave them without hope. So, I also explain to them that God is in control and He does care for them and if they would only take their hands off of the situation and put it into God’s hands, things would probably work out. Understand this, there is absolutely nothing we can do about anything. But God can. And He will if we let Him. I love the saying, “Let go and let God.” Many times, if we were simply to take our hands off the problem or the situation and let God have it, we would understand that He can and will do a better job solving the problem than we could ever do.
I would like to suggest that the biggest reason for our worry is that we do not trust the Lord. Anxiety can be a symptom of unbelief. But the Bible tells us that we have a loving Heavenly Father who wants the best for us. And if we trust Him for our eternal security, can’t we also trust Him for our earthly needs?
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
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Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 2343 U.S. Route 42, London, one mile west of Kirkwood Cemetery. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.