And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! -Luke 12:22-28
Consider the birds. They don’t worry, but they’re not without their problems. They have to fly south for hundreds of miles in order to survive the winter. Their eggs may be eaten by snakes or other predators. They age and die.
Consider the lilies. They’re beautiful, but what happens to them? They wilt, get cut down, and are throw into the fire.
Trusting in the providence of God doesn’t mean ignoring reality. People die. Kids have accidents and sometimes even get killed. Stocks plunge. Companies go bankrupt. Couples get divorces.
Some people will tell you that the best way to overcome worry is to put it out of your mind. ‘Just don’t think about it,’ they’ll say. But you can’t do that for long. The best way to overcome worry is to face the truth
: you will have trouble in this world. But God will enable you to through it.
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
-John 16:33The providence of God is not shallow. Jesus didn’t say, ‘Nothing bad is ever going to happen to you; everything is going to be find, so quit worrying.’. If you think nothing really bad is going to happen to you, your peace is unrealistic and temporary. You’re going to be devastated when hard times hit- and they will hit. God’s providence doesn’t mean nothing bad will happen to you, but it does mean that God will reinforce and strengthen you through whatever tragedy you face
The Scripture promises, “God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13
Trusting God’s providence means believing that whatever happens- even persecution or death- God will see you through.
‘Jesus, Lord of your Personality’ by Bob Russell with Rusty Russell