Is it planning or worry?
Have you ever been in a situation where you know the next move you are supposed to make but you are waiting on timing? You’re living in the balance of waiting on God and stepping out in faith.
I’ve been there. I am currently there. Honestly, I don’t have the answers. As a matter of fact I’m looking for answers myself.
I got reacquainted with a story in the Gospel of Matthew over the weekend that got me thinking about it again.
Jesus is sending his disciples out for ministry. He tells them that he is giving them everything they need. He’s promised them that they have His power to heal and do signs and wonders that point to God’s greatness. Then he says this:
“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. (Matthew 10:9, 10 NIV)
Jesus promises that they will have everything they need if they just go in His name. He assures them that he will provide.
This theme runs through the Gospels and is central to Jesus’ teaching. Our job is to go. His job is to provide for the details. We’re not supposed to worry. He takes care of the big picture.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:25, 26 NIV)
Then he says…
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:31-33 NIV)
This really resonates with me, yet I can’t help but think about what I’ve always been taught.
Aren’t we supposed to plan and watch and pray?
Do we go with our heads up and our hope in Christ or do with watch and pray?