“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. ‘ Matthew 6:31-33
I hope your week has been going well?
The verses of scripture above remind me of my childhood. I didn’t have to worry about anything. I just asked, and most times, I received what I wanted. My parents were not wealthy, but they had two girls, and they could accommodate a lot of our excesses. We never worried about what we would eat, drink, or wear. We always had enough, and my parents knew what we wanted before we asked, most times anyway.
Does that experience help me understand better when my heavenly Father asks me not to worry? Yes. Have I worried? Yes. You see our earthly parents, we could see; our Father in heaven, we can’t. I could see all the food in the kitchen and the clothes in the wardrobe. Can you see or measure grace? I add this because some people would say that it’s easier for people who had loving parents to understand and accept the grace and love of God.
Some people didn’t have parents at all, others had strict ones that insisted on discipline over showing emotion. So, let me introduce you to the Father, my Father. He knew my end from my beginning before I was born. To achieve His plans for my life, He put me in the family, village, state, and country, in which I needed to grow and thrive. To ensure that I developed in every way, He set me up with mentors and teachers, who I disappointed and failed time and time again. Most gave up on me, but He never did. He kept pushing and prodding me, and I knew He was there. I always did know, yet I failed, made mistakes, and took Him for granted. When I gave up on myself, in hopelessness and despair, He would draw me out with His righteous right hand, time and time again. I am alive today because of Him, and if you are reading this post, you are too. This is also your story.
God is our Father, and today, He asks us not to worry. He knows everything about our lives, our hopes, dreams, and aspirations. The ones in His plans and the ones that are not. The hidden ones, and the ones we reveal, He knows them all. I know most parents would do all in their power to ensure that their children are clothed and fed, why is the Father any different? I ask this of myself as well, because when I worry, I am saying to Him, “you are not a Father I trust to take care of me.” I am heathen then if I live like I have no hope except in people or myself. I am a gentile if all I live for is how I will eat, drink, and clothe myself and my family.
If He is indeed a Father, like I have known and experienced, then He knows what I need. He asks us not to waste our energy seeking the material, which His grace has already provided for, but that we seek Him instead. Imagine, not having to worry about anything else but about knowing God in our daily lives and doing His will. This is true for the working-class, for entrepreneurs, and even for stay-at-home parents. The same applies to singles, the married, and for students.
Don’t worry. Our Father knows, He sees, and He is right here with us.
Till next time, be transformed!!