The Care of God
“Look at all the birds – do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your Heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they?” Matt.6:26 TPT
Have you ever tried to stop worrying but kept on worrying until you were worried about how much you worry? I've been there.
The separation from the relationship we were always meant to have with God, depicted in perfection in the garden between Adam and God (Gen.1-3), has taken its toll on our hearts. We do not feel safe, covered, cared for or secure naturally, since the world around us offers none of these things. So when we become reconnected to our Father through salvation in Jesus, we often fail to recognize we’ve actually changed kingdoms
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Col.1:13-14
This new kingdom exists in and is founded upon love
In Matthew chapter 6 Jesus is talking to a group of people, just like us, who had a problem with worrying. Jesus gives a couple of very interesting reasons for why they should not worry.
“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matt.6:8)
“Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? (Matt.6:26)
He brings the whole issue down to relationship.
In reverse order we could read it this way;
“If you knew how valuable you are to God, your Father, you wouldn’t worry”
The promises of God are always connected to who He is and who we are to Him. As our Father, He takes on the role of provider and protector.
A fundamental hindrance to our trust is the belief that God doesn’t value or care for us.
So many times we are trying to follow a command “stop worrying” without receiving the truth which gives the ability to fulfill it. As Oswald Chambers highlighted, "the root of all sin is the suspicion that God isn't good". As our hearts become convinced of God's goodness and good will towards us we can learn to trust and rely on Him in a deeper way.
In this passage, Jesus is reaching for the hearts of his listeners and longing to convince them of His value and care for them. He knows this is the only thing that will bring about a heart change that will enable us to trust God as Father.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Pet.5:7
If you find yourself in a state of worry or anxiety, meditate on the truth of Gods value and care for you and ask Him to show you how much He loves you. His love, which is perfect love, is designed to drive out all fear.
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