I have certainly had my share of trials and am currently immersed in one of the most insurmountable I have every faced. Through the fear and the tears, one day I turned on the the television and flipped over to GETV to watch a sermon by Matt Hagee, entitled, “Help is on the Way!” A minute or two in, he started preaching on victory through Jesus and overcoming our trials through God’s power. Well, it was just too painful to listen too, because, frankly, I saw no hope in my present circumstance. My husband and I had been believing God for an answer, a way out, but none had come and it seemed that all hope was lost and that God did not seem to be responding the way we believed He would.
So, I fast-forwarded.
When I hit ‘play’ again, I heard these words:
“They were thrown to ravenous lions in the Colosseum, they were crucified, they were burned, they were buried in bags full of vipers and snakes…”
Needless to say, I realized this wasn’t going to be the type of sermon that I thought. I backed it up to listen to the message in it’s entirety. Matt Hagee was telling his church about the suffering that Roman Christians were enduring at the time the following verse was written to them:
“And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.”(Romans 16:20 NKJV)
25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
This is God’s perspective. He commands us not to worry about our clothes or food or even water. In fact, He commands us not to worry at all. Consider the context of the previous verse. (Emphasis added.)
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:24-34, NLT)
It constantly amazes me how peaceful our lives would be if we just obeyed God! He tells us not to worry about anything but His kingdom and then promises that if we do, He will provide everything we need! He tells us over and over again how much He cares for us. He tells us to take His yoke on us, because it is easy. He calls out to all who are weighted down with heavy burdens and declares, “I will give you rest!” What a wonderful God we serve!
So, lay your cares today at His feet a get a little perspective. Think about those who have gone before us and what they have suffered. Ponder the trials of Christians in Muslim countries and the horrors they face. And then, remember that no matter what you are going through, no matter how difficult and overwhelming it may seem, God is still on His throne and He reigns forever, and as the song says, “The One who reigns forever, He is a friend of mine!” We have a friend in God and He would do anything to care for us. He is very capable and He loves us more than we could ever imagine. So why worry? Just give it to God and trust Him to take care of you. He will surely do it!