Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV)- Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
We hear it all the time, “just trust God!” But what exactly do those words mean?
While meditating on God’s holy Names on my front porch, I became enraptured by the cloudless blue sky above me and the gentle Autumn breeze that caressed my face. While the Sun shone it’s mighty light through the tree branches, leaves would gently dance downward at the rhythm of the breeze that carried them.
As I was singing with my cymbals, I felt as if God was seducing me with his presence, and inviting me to simply… Trust Him.
I was overcome by the thought of how God personally designed and is acquainted with every single leaf that fell before my feet. We’re oftentimes so concerned about picking up the leaves in sheaves and then discarding them, that we miss God’s attention to detail in everything that He created…and the great love that He feels for everything that is held together by His life force.
Let’s face it… We are all addicted to worrying about things that will no longer matter 5 seconds after we die. The moment after we die, every thought, opinion, and decision that we ever made, will be as if it never existed. Lord Jesus said once in Matthew 6:27:
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
The answer to that question is obvious: NO! So if God is in charge of every single detail…to the point that He even knows the amount of hair that you have on your head at any given time (Mathew 10:30), then why waste time in distrusting God? If we know that God is in charge of feeding the birds of the air, then why do we worry when our supplies run low? Are we not God’s children? Will our Heavenly Father allow for us to suffer more than what we can endure?
Of course not. God knows what all of our needs are before we ask Him (Matthew 6:5). In fact, the only reason why God desires our prayers is so that we can commune with Him, and delight in His presence.
I personally like a proverb written by an early Church Father called Lanctantius
If anyone should ask a truly wise man why he was born, he will answer without fear or hesitation, that he was born for the purpose of worshiping God.
In the midst of all our apparent troubles… Lord Jesus commands us to “seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness,” and this, with the complete assurance that God will provide for all of our true needs.
Human beings were created for fellowship with God, but when we worry about vain things that are temporary, we focus on ourselves in self-worship. When we focus on things that we think give us “worth,” we become anxious…worried. But when we trust in God’s provision as our Heavenly Father..we find our true purpose in life, which is to commune with God.
Lanctantius once said:
Piety is nothing other than the recognition of God as Father.
The more time we spend in God’s presence, the more we will come to the realization that God is our loving Father, and that as such, He will take care of our needs- especially if worshiping Him is our primary priority in life. We learn to trust God when our love for Him increases through piety… and it is through piety, that we come to contemplate how much God has loved us. Once we have a glimpse of the infinitude of God’s love for us… we cannot help but to trust Him.
The trust of God is rooted upon the love of God. The more we learn to love God, the more we will trust Him. And the more we learn to trust Him, the more we will come to know Him as…Father.