Note: If you want to follow along reading the New Testament with me, Mark 6 is our chapter today.
The bible has a lot to say about worrying. Our Creator knows our great need for dependance on him and our tendency to depend only on ourselves. Pastor Paul Trip says it like this, “Doubt is natural. Fear is natural…But faith simply isn’t natural to us.” We tend to either trust our selves or despair, but because of our sinful nature, we don’t tend to trust God.
Jesus addresses this in his famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6 (Yes, Matthew).
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?…
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
– Matthew 6:25–27 & 34
In Mark 6:30-44 (Yes, Mark), we see a tangible example of our God’s ability to be our provider. When 5000 people need to eat, what does Jesus do? He feeds them with 5 loaves of bread and two fish.
Jesus is a good King. He is willing and able to provide for his people. We are wholly dependent on him. Even the air we breath as we utter our prayers to him is given by his good hand. God often teaches us this total dependance by leading us through difficult times. But “he who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
“Next time you face the unexpected, a moment of difficulty you really don’t want to go through, remember that such a moment doesn’t picture a God who has forgotten you, but one who is near to you and doing in you a very good thing. He is rescuing you from thinking that you can live the life you were meant to live while relying on the inadequate resources of our wisdom, experience, righteousness, and strength; and he is transforming you into a person who lives a life shaped by radical God-centered faith. He is the ultimate craftsman, and we are his clay. He will not take us off his wheel until his fingers have molded us into those who really do believe and do not doubt.”
– Paul Tripp