It seems like the easiest thing we could possibly do is worry. How many times have you worried about the future in the last year? How often do you worry about provision—whether financial, emotional, physical, or in another area? Worry is definitely something that God has not called us to do, but even though many of us know this, we can still find it hard to overcome.
If we are worried about the future, then it shows a lack of trust in the One who holds our future in His hands. Why is this so? God knows all things, and yet He never worries. So when we choose to worry about the future, we are basically telling God that He doesn’t know what He’s doing. The problem, even if we don’t realize it, is a lack of trust.
Worry Shows a Lack of Trust
You might already know this, and you might be faced with the same dilemma that I am often faced with. If the base cause of worry is a lack of trust, then how can we learn to truly trust the Lord?
Paul says in Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
This fairly common verse talks about God supplying all of our needs. We know that God does not want us to worry, and we know that God has promised to supply our needs as His children. Since this is the case, how do we cross that gap to truly begin trusting Him? It’s easy to want to trust Him to provide, and it’s easy to say out loud, I’m trusting You Lord, but if we’re still worried then there’s still a trust issue going on.
The Grace of Jesus Christ
This same verse has given us the answer, but I believe it can be easy to miss. The key is found at the end of the verse. He is going to supply our needs by Christ Jesus. What does that mean? It means if you want to learn how to trust the Lord for provision, then you need to take a step back and examine your trust in His grace. He offered us grace through Jesus Christ, and through that grace we are forgiven, redeemed, and set free from the curse of sin and punishment. If we are trusting fully in His grace, then we are choosing to operate in the freedom given us by Christ Jesus. And when you’re not under the curse, you’re under a blessing.
When we trust fully in the grace of Jesus Christ, our fear of needing to be good enough on our own goes away. He finished it on the cross and paid the price, and now we get to live under the blessing that He deserved, because what we deserve has already been taken by Him. If you want to trust in God’s provision, see yourself in light of His grace—a place of favor in His eyes available only through Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:32 says, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
God has given you everything that He could give you—the life of His only begotten Son. Why then do you doubt that He can or will provide for you when you put your trust in Him? God is a God of love. He knows everything. He looked into the future and saw that you would mess up, but that did not worry Him. Instead, He sent His Son to make a way for you (His loved child) to be forgiven and brought back into fellowship with Him. Trust Him today and live in light of the grace of Jesus Christ. God is not worried. You shouldn’t be either.