Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior has commanded us not to worry. We must trust Him and His resources in all of the different difficulties and trials that we face during our short stay upon this earth while we await His return or our union with Him in heaven upon our death. There are many passages throughout the Scriptures that encourage us to trust our Heavenly Father and His supply rather than our own manipulations and efforts. Here are some passages that we, as God’s beloved children through repentant faith in His Son Jesus Christ, are familiar with and encourage us as we encounter the uncertainties that assail us from diverse directions.
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all His glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:24-34
We must daily strive to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our strength and will all our soul, as we seek to please and serve Him through keeping His commandments given to us in the Bible, and sharing His love with others. We can trust our beloved Redeemer and Sovereign Lord God Almighty to supply all of our need, because He takes care of all of His creation. He will not forsake us nor disappoint us; we are not beholden to corrupt mammon for our well-being, but we are servants of the Lord Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father so that we will not fear. Don’t think that we won’t have trouble, because we will; Jesus said that each day bring its own trouble that we must face. He commands us to not worry about future trouble based upon present experiences. I love the wonderful examples that are given to us in the Bible of those who did not worry in the face of great trial but trusted their God, and ours. There are many examples in Acts where God’s servants relied upon His resources to meet their needs. One such example finds Peter and the other apostles thrown in prison in Jerusalem by the high priest and the Sadducees for preaching the gospel of our salvation and performing the miraculous signs given to them by God to accompany their preaching. They refused to bend the knee to the religious elites and their false religious system, but instead stood fast for their God and His truth.
17 Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, 18 and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. 19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.” 21 And when they heard that, they entered the temple early in the morning and taught. But the high priest and those with him came and called the council together, with all the elders of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came and did not find them in the prison, they returned and reported, 23 saying, “Indeed we found the prison shut securely, and the guards standing outside before the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside!” 24 Now when the high priest, the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these things, they wondered what the outcome would be. 25 So one came and told them, saying, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” Acts 5:17-25
Here we see the apostles exactly obeying both Christ’s command not to worry, and the angel’s command to continue preaching the gospel despite hostile opposition. They continued to preach the gospel in the temple where earlier they had been “arrested” and put in the common prison. When they were brought back before the council they refused to be intimidated by their accusers, but instead accused them of their sin and evil betrayal of their Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” 29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. 31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” 33 When they heard this, they were furious and plotted to kill them. Acts 5:27-33
The council was forestalled in their decision against the apostles by Gamaliel, a well-respected Pharisee who taught the law, who cautioned them that they might be found to be fighting against God. So instead they beat the apostles and then let them go.
40 And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let the go. 41 So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. Acts 5:40-42
God delivered His servants the apostles twice, once through divine intervention by an angel and the second time through the intercession of a Pharisee, by God’s providence. Regardless of the severity of opposition, the servants of Jesus Christ must always trust Him to protect them and never worry about their lives or livelihood. Out of His great resources He delivers us from all of our trials and stands us upright to continue in faith, love and reliance upon Him. Great is His mercy, love and peace for all those who fear Him and are His through repentant faith in Jesus Christ who died upon the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and rose again from the dead for our justification and deliverance from hell and damnation.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. 20 He guards all of his bones; Not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. 22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned. Psalm 34:19-22
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand. Psalm 37:23-24
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9
Even if our trials seem minuscule compared to the trials of the apostles, we should be encouraged that the Lord our God cares for us and will provide for us. We should trust Jesus Christ and rely upon Him. Our trust can be demonstrated by bringing our requests to Him, and then guiding our thinking by God’s Word and the godly examples given to us in the Scriptures and by faithful brethren around us. Whether it is wisdom, work, healing, fellowship, guidance or provisions, we can trust our God to meet our needs and answer our prayers. I have seen Him answer prayers in each of these areas numerous times in my life, praise Him for His grace and goodness to us through His Son Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. 1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among who also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 1:15-2:7
16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
From start to finish, our Heavenly Father, the Father of glory, provides, protects, and prevails on our behalf. We have all that we need through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior, we have every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus and are seated with Him in the heavenly places. Therefore, we should never worry no matter what our days bring our way as we serve our Almighty King, Jesus Christ. We are supplied abundantly through the Lord our God. May our hearts swell with thanksgiving and praise to our glorious Lord for all He has done for us.