What Is There To Worry About

I awoke this morning worried about the circumstances today might possibly present.  Circumstances which are out of my control and depend on the choices of another person.  I found myself questioning “what if” and wondering what I could do to prevent an undesirable outcome.  God quickly reminded me of the following verses which I read just last night.

Mark 8:17-19:  “Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he said, ‘Why are you so worried about having no food?  Won’t you ever learn or understand? Are your hearts too hard to take it in?  You have eyes – can’t you see?  You have ears – can’t you hear?  Don’t you remember anything at all? What about the five thousand men I fed with five loaves of bread? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?'”

Although the disciples had seen Jesus take care of situations that seemed impossible, they still worried if they would have enough food on this particular day.  In these verses, Jesus reminded them of times he had provided not only enough but an excess amount of food to feed those present with baskets of leftovers. How often are we guilty of behaving like the disciples and worrying about things which God can handle without our advice or help?  We have seen example after example in the bible.  We have seen personally and heard from others what God has done and how He has provided in what appeared to be impossible situations.  Yet, like the disciples, we become overwhelmed by the circumstance and grow worried about details that God already has under control.

“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is,” (Anonymous).  Worry keeps us from recognizing how God is at work.  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,”  Philippians 4:4-7. Regardless of what happens, we can rejoice in the fact that God is in control!

Today, and those that follow, I must remember how Jesus fed five thousand men with only five loaves of bread and the disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers.  I must remember the times I have personally experienced God’s provision and not let my heart grow hard with worry.  I must remember the choices that cause me to worry are not even my choices to make.  The situation is out of my control, and the choices made are between God and that person.  I must keep my focus on Him instead of worrying and allow God to work rather than concern myself with how I should try to manage the situation.  Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

“I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.” Henry Ford

One thought on “What Is There To Worry About

  1. Oh my, how true that we very often face the day questioning whether we can “make it all happen”. thanks for the reminder that all is perfect in God’s plan!

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