“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.”
This is one of the most common passages regarding trust and it is so rich! It is when Jesus tells the rich young ruler to sell all his goods and give to the poor. In this one profound statement, Jesus was not only telling him that he could not serve Him and the world at the same time, but also that you have to completely trust in Jesus to supply all your needs.
In verse 31, Jesus says, “Take no thought…” How do we take no thought for our needs so we can focus on Christ’s kingdom? Well, here is a list of items that have helped me.
- Memorize inspiring Scriptures
- Listen to encouraging music
- Have Bible study everyday
- Spend time talking with others about Jesus
- Pray “without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Ask the Lord to help you with the things you struggle with
The Lord wants us to trust Him. The last bullet point is one of the best on the list because it forces you to trust that the Lord will help you. It takes some of the battle out of your hands and gives it to the Lord.
Ask the Lord to help you with your worries and anxieties. If you are focusing too much on the problems in your life, then you cannot hone in on giving your whole life to the Lord. Not trusting the Lord and trying to fix everything by ourselves will rob both the Lord and ourselves of our true potential. If you have trouble with anxiety, I would encourage you to read Matthew 6:25-33 regularly. It’s the best.
Trust the Lord. If your knees are shaking, kneel on them and pray.