“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall 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. … Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ … Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”—Matthew 6:25-34
I once heard a Protestant preacher say, “If God brings you to it, he is going to see you through it.” Some baby Christians assume that means God is going to completely remove the obstacles in our lives and answer our prayers exactly the way we see fit. But what would we learn if every problem had an instant solution? How strong would we be if all of our crosses or struggles were immediately removed? “All sunshine makes a desert.”
On the other hand, each time we turn to God when we are in trouble, we experience a double blessing: the need that God meets for us, and the lesson that comes from it. So instead of worrying constantly about all the problems we have or the things we need, we need to stay focused on Christ. We must reach out to God in good times and in bad, until our relationship with him is the most important part of our lives. If we keep our eyes on him, the author and finisher of our faith, then when we come out on the other side of a struggle, we realize that not only have we survived with all those hairs intact, but that we have learned something in the process.
How have you been assured recently that God provides for the needs of his children, that indeed “all the hairs on your head are counted”? Take some time to journal and pray about this.