Everyone is concerned about material needs. Providing food, clothing, shelter, transportation, children’s education, and more requires work and planning. An enlisted warrior with a family must be wise in financial matters. Careless spending causes problems, regardless of one’s rank.
But worry and anxiety must not rule our lives. The Lord understands each situation and wants us to trust Him. This doesn’t mean we stop working and giving due diligence to our future. But it does mean that we trust God as we do our part. As we learn to place our cares in God’s hands, worry and anxiety diminish. Fear lessens. Life can be enjoyed. The key is to make the Lord our Heavenly Commander, our top priority. As we seek God and His ways, He will take care of our needs.
Are you carrying a load of worry today? Seek God through His Word. Ask Him to help you trust Him more. As you develop the spiritual disciplines of Bible reading and prayer, your relationship with God will deepen, your faith will grow, and you’ll soon find anxiety has lost its grip.
“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? 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? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 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? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:25-34, NKJV).
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.