God’s Got Your Back

“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.

Action Step

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.

About the Author

Teresa Tomeo

Teresa Tomeo is a best-selling Catholic author of six books including Noise: How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families and Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture . She is motivational speaker, and syndicated Catholic talk show host with more than three decades of media experience. Teresa has been featured on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, MSNBC, and the Dr. Laura Show.

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  • http://JamesTPereira.com/ James T Pereira

    I’m not sure, but I think He’s been bringing business opportunities to me. Everything’s still work in progress but I believe one of them will click.

  • Joseph Lessard

    This message really speaks to me today, especially since with the government shutdown my son will lose his paycheck, and possibly his house. This is a small tourist economy with most jobs on the military base. So when the base shuts down there is really no other work to turn to, with more people here than jobs. I have helped him as much as I can through the last furlough. But with limited finances to cover us both it is hard. Nevertheless, as I told him, through all this remain calm. God has a way of seeing us through. I have an inner peace even in this storm. Having worked for the government for 33 years I know how to weather good times and bad, and praise God through both. These tests have made my family more resilient than many others. God is good.

  • Pat

    I have been overwhelmed with many anxieties in not being able to provide for my family. Every day has been filled with much despair. I really needed today’s message. It made me stop and meditate on God’s salvation and mercy. Not only has He heard me but showed me someone else who has it worse than me, and yet provides for that person as well. Our needs are met through His ways, not ours. In everything, we must rely and trust in God and be patient, patient, patient. God has taught me some incredible lessons during this tough time; things I needed to learn, and much appreciation for the wonderful blessings and graces He has granted me.