Don't be anxious, for He cares for us
Matthew 6:25–34 (ASV)
25Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? 26Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? 28And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29ye...
1 Peter 5:6–7 (ASV)
6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; 7casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you.
Mrs. Muller gave birth to a stillborn baby and was herself seriously ill for six weeks. Not only did this crisis give Mr. Müller a deeper gratefulness for his wife, but it taught them both a powerful lesson in trust, as God provided for their every need. They realized that no situation is an unforeseen emergency to Him. They need not—indeed must not, if they are to live a life of trust—save "for a rainy day."
The urgent need at hand notwithstanding, George Müller stood his ground on talking to the Lord alone about the specific needs of the work—even when asked to do so by a potential helper. George Müller's faith in God was rewarded when the very same man was led to donate a timely gift
of £100 even after Müller's refusal to divulge any need to him.
Rosalind's mother, a God-fearing woman, trained her children in the ways of the Lord teaching them to pray over everything. Rosalind learned to trust God for every need, large and small.
Rosalind Goforth determined to go to church, going back on an earlier decision not to go due to her embarrassment in her old clothing. She stumbles on this scripture: "Why take ye thought for raiment . . . seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you." The very next day, a box with a new dress and other gifts arrived for her.
During a trip to Chefoo, Mrs. Taylor's ship encountered a fog that delayed their journey. She prayed in the night, at about 9:30, for God to clear it. The following day, the Captain confirmed that it was exactly the same time the fog cleared. But even more, she realized that God had used the fog to perfectly time their arrival.
Bilquis was lonely, so she prayed for companionship. Even though she thought the prayer childish, the Lord answered immediately. Some friends came to see her!
Joanie Hileman experiences God's timely provision and the blessing of someone who gave in secret.
DL Moody shares about a woman who despite being bedridden for ten years, poor and in poor health, continued to praise her God. Full of gladness and love for God, she trusted in His provision for her every need, finding reasons to praise Him even in her difficult circumstances.
When they ran out of oil to power the lamps for an evening service, Henry Richards did not fret. He simply prayed and the Lord heard, and supplied them with the exact type of oil needed to power the lamps for that service.
A very discouraged Mr. Gribble was comforted by the timely recital of scriptures by his children at breakfast, as well as the scripture reading and hymn for that morning which turned what seemed to be his most trying moment into a most happy one.
When food ran out at David Wilkerson's Teen Center, he challenged them to pray. Together they asked for their “daily bread.” A young boy interjected a prayer for God to provide food for the whole summer while He was at it. Even before they finished praying, God provided food through a stranger, and they did not lack any food all that summer.
An indebted widow is freed from all anxiety about her debts when she reads the Bible and decides to cast her cares upon Christ. On the due date for payment, the Lord showed His mighty hand.
In the midst of a fierce snow-storm, John Barry; an old charcoal-burner and his wife ran out of food supply. Instead of giving in to despair, they got on their knees and prayed to the One who alone could help them. The Lord heard them and sent them help from ten miles away.
A widow and her daughters were stranded without food in a snowstorm. The mother led the daughters in prayer, believing that the Lord would provide. As time passed, the daughters became anxious, but the mother’s faith in the Lord remained unmoved. Just before they reached their breaking point, they heard the knock of answered prayer on the door.