We often worry too much when we see earthly troubles, and we are not trusting that God will take care our troubles.
Matthew 6: 25-27
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
26 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?
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6: 32-34
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Jesus wants you to go to him when you worry, and he will give you rest.
Matthew 11: 28-30
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
God wants you to give him your worries. There’s no reason for you to do this other than to satisfy your need in realizing that he cares so much for you.
1 Peter 5: 6-7
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
When you follow Jesus, he will calm the storms for you.
Matthew 8: 23-26
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.
24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.
25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
We often have wants that we don’t actually need. God is always with us, and he will never leave us nor forsake us.
Hebrews 13: 5
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
In pursuing our unneeded wants, it often makes us weak. Weakness not an insult; it is merely a mode that we need to be in to realize God’s glory and for him to perfect his power within us.
2 Corinthians 12: 9
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Our trials and tribulations are not going to be easy. But we need to have the kind of faith
that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had when the king was going to throw them
into a furnace.
Daniel 3: 17-18
17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.
18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
We are all going to have our “even if he does not” moments where we need to maintain our faith to God. Even the Apostles had asked Jesus to increase their faith.
Luke 17: 5
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
Always pray and seek God to help you with your needs.
Philippians 4: 5-7
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We also need to pray for God to bless those who curse us …
Luke 6: 28
28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
And for God to turn our curses into blessings.
2 because they had not met the Israelites with food and water but had hired Balaam to call a curse down on them. (Our God, however, turned the curse into a blessing.)
Our eyes need to be opened to things that God does for us rather than to concentrate on our earthly troubles. Elisha once asked for God to open his servant’s eyes to see the help
God had provided for them when they were in trouble. The people who believe in earthly things do not see that God’s deeds are not of this world.
2 Kings 6: 8-23
8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”
9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.”
10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.
11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king ofIsrael?”
12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”
13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is inDothan.”
14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them toSamaria.
20 After they entered the city, Elisha said,“LORD, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the LORD opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.
21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?”
22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.”
23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram
stopped raiding Israel’s territory.
We need to realize that it’s not about us as individuals. It’s about God. Therefore, we need to die to self. This is not a literal and physical death, but it is a spiritual death such that you realize that your trials and tribulations are about your faith towards God. It is not actually about your earthly possessions, reputation etc. The Apostle Paul wrote:
Galatians 2: 19-21
19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
Keep in mind that we, as Christians, live for God. Keep in mind that all of Job’s possessions were destroyed; 500 yoke of oxen and 500 donkeys carried off by Sabeans, 7000 sheep were burned up by ‘The fire of God which fell from the sky,’ 3000 camels were stolen by the Chaldeans and the house of the firstborn collapsed, due to a mighty wind,
killing all of Job’s offspring, but Job did not curse God but instead shaves
his head, tears his clothes and said,
Job 1: 21
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
Job endured his wife and friends pushing him to curse God while Satan gave him boils on his skin. In the end, God rewarded job when he was restored back to health and gained double the riches he possessed before and having new children, 7 sons and 3 daughters.
God is good!