By Cathi Brese Doebler
There are different versions of denial:
“My problems are so insignificant, why would God care about my finances?”
“God isn’t interested in my worries, let alone how am I’m going to pay my bills!”
“I’m alone in this and there isn’t anyone who cares.”
And then there are reminders in God’s Word that tell us the exact opposite. Where can we find these reminders?
He knows everything about you
O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
What does it mean?
It means God, as amazing and powerful as He is, knows who you are, what you do, what you care about, every thought you have, every hurt you feel, every smile you give, and every worry on your heart. He knows you in a deep way, a way that looks to your soul. He knows you.
God provides everything we have and need
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
And we are also told in Matthew 6:25-34
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? 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? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
What does it mean?
It means that every meal, piece of clothing, talent, and every single gift you’ve been given came from God. He planned them for you. He gave them to you. He knows you and what you need. And beyond that, God knows not only what you needed in the past, but what you need in this moment, and what you will need tomorrow and the next day.
Have you ever seen a flower poking through a patch of snow, rising up with determination to reach sunlight? Who gave that flower not only its beauty, but also its strength to grow upward? Who provided that sunlight? God did. And He will provide for you. We are reminded that God loves us even more than the flowers and birds that he provides for, and that He will provide for you.
If you are filled with worry about your bills, your finances, your future, pray to God about your worries. Ask Him for guidance. Ask Him for help. And look in His Word, the Bible, for it is the greatest love letter of all.
Cathi Brese Doebler is the author of “Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family: How to Thrive on Less Than Two Incomes!” You can find out more about Ms. Doebler, her book and her blog at www.DitchThe.com