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I’ve shared before that I like to listen to music/podcasts as I’m working on my “to-do” list. This weekend was no different. I turned on my Andy Stanley podcast and, boy, did God have a word for me!
Andy shared about being consumed and I immediately applied it to the worry in my life that I’ve been dealing with. Matthew 6:32 says, “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Jesus is comparing my worry to being like the pagans. When I consume myself with worry I act is if God doesn’t know and doesn’t care about what’s going on in my life. Now, I don’t know about you but that struck a chord deep in my heart!
I have no doubt that God knows about my situation. I have no doubt that God cares about my situation. Why, then, do I worry?
Andy went on to say that when I worry I have taken God from being the center of my focus. When I worry I don’t think He’s going to do anything my situation. I can say all day long that I trust Him, but if I’m worrying about various situations it proves that I don’t trust Him. Wow!
So, the question is whether or not I trust Him. If my devotion lies in His hands then I need to trust that He knows what He’s doing. Because the end of the Matthew 6:32 says just that, “…and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” He knows that we need X or He knows that X is going to be coming in the future. He knows! When I begin to believe this then my focus changes from stuff/self-centered to God-centered.
What if I lived my life believing that He knows and cares about me? What if I really believed that? Then I’d be able to trust him with all of it! When I change my focus to God-centered and “seek first his kingdom and righteousness” (verse 33) I re-prioritize my thoughts and the way I live.
I want to live a God-centered life, not a stuff/self-centered life! Whether I have to give my worries to him hourly, daily or weekly, it must be done if I want to be the person that He’s called me to be!