through His Word
By Tessa Emily Hall
Imagine there is a kid who is from a wealthy family. He has no reason to fret over where his next meal will come from because his father has all the money necessary to provide for his son. But for some reason, this child spends all day worrying over just that! He even starts agonizing over how he will have enough money for college when he gets older.
Doesn’t that sound silly? A kid should be spending their days enjoying their childhood and being thankful for what they do have—especially one who is from a family of means.
And yet, as silly as that sounds, that is exactly what many of us do every day.
We have an incredibly wealthy Heavenly Father: He is the inventor of galaxies, the waterfalls, the human. He breathed this life into existence. His imagination sparked the earth. Scripture even says that He is the provider of our needs (Phil. 4:19). So what could we possibly lack when we are a child of The Maker?
When we were kids, we relied on our parents’ help through each day. We didn’t automatically know how to take out a splinter or treat a scrape. We weren’t born with the knowledge of how to tie our shoes or speak a language, and we certainly couldn’t pay for our own meals! That is why God gave us parents: to teach us, guide us, and to provide for our needs.
Just like our earthly parents, God doesn’t ignore us when we come to Him with a new scrape. He doesn’t leave us to fend on our own when we’re up against a seemingly impossible situation, and He doesn’t want us to fret over where our next paycheck will come from.
Have you ever witnessed a little kid stubbornly trying to do something that you know they cannot accomplish on their own? Most of the time it just doesn’t turn out right. They don’t have the amount of comprehension or life experience needed to tackle the situation.
This is exactly how God views us when we neglect His help and try to handle things on our own. Why would we do this when our wealthy Father knows far beyond us and has all the resources necessary to help?
Just as a child is incapable of doing everything by himself, we are incapable of tackling life’s daily commands without the loving assistance, guidance, and support of our Father.
So instead of looking at our own ability, strength, and resources when we come to a crisis, put it in God’s hands. Psalms 55:22 (NCV) says:
“Give your worries to the Lord, and he will take care of you.”
God is completely trustworthy. When you feel yourself beginning to panic, release it into God’s care, reminding yourself that He is All Powerful and knows what is best for you. Besides, have you ever seen a loving father neglect his child?
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? … So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
~Matthew 6:26-27, 31-33 (NIV)
Just like the kid I mentioned at the beginning, it is silly for us to spend our days fretting over daily issues when we have an inheritance from Christ. Every time you find yourself beginning to do this, put the situation in your Father’s hands. Be still and know that He is God (Psalms 46:10). Nothing is impossible with Him (Matt. 19:26). Allow Him to ease your nerves and replace it with His peace.
Just like that earthly father would say to his son, imagine that God is saying to you:
“There is no need to worry. Life is short, so enjoy your days while you’re still on earth. Daddy’s got this.”
© Copyright 2014 by Tessa Emily Hall
Tessa Emily Hall spends her days sipping on lattes, cuddling with her Teacup Shih-Tzu, immersed in a book, and singing along to country music. She sacrificed her high school years to write about a teen whose life was far more interesting than hers. This resulted in her debut YA Christian fiction novel, PURPLE MOON, a Selah Finalist published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She is also a freelance writer, a teen columnist for Whole Magazine, and on the Teen Advisory Board for DevoZine. Tessa resides in South Carolina where she is currently studying to earn a degree in Creative Writing.
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