A promise was given to Jesus’ disciples: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.” Matthew 6:33 (MEV).
It’s also written that our heavenly Father knows what we need. He knows; He isn’t stupid. Doubting is just like saying that God is blind, stupid and that He can’t do anything. But our heavenly Father isn’t blind or stupid. He pays close attention. In fact, He has numbered every hair on our head. You can be sure: He has numbered every dollar you have, right down to the last cent. He knows exactly how much you need for tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and for the next 10 years! God knows everything and takes care of everything.
Leave all your worries with Him: A relationship with the Almighty God
So why do we worry? Jesus says: “If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest?” Luke 12:26 (CSB). God can do everything, but we can’t even do the smallest things. If we think of this, it is only logical that we should start being obedient to this verse: “Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (GNB).
But to do this, we must have a personal relationship with God. Only disciples of Him have this kind of relationship, those who have been born again and have a living hope. If you are without God and without hope here on earth, it isn’t easy to simply leave all your worries with Him. No, you become worried, and with good reason.
By believing God’s Word, entire mountains of worry can be knocked over and thrown into the sea. How much worry will be left when you get a living hope in Romans 8:28? “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Then all clouds of worry disappear, and the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. (Malachi 4:2.) Worry makes us old before our time; it is the cause of stomach ulcers and heartburn. It leads to tiredness and unrest over laughably unimportant matters.
Leave all your worries with Him: New, good thoughts
The exhortation rings out: “Do not worry about anything.” Philippians 4:6 (NRS). Usually people worry about almost everything. It’s a destructive disease, like a snake slithering around in your thoughts, choking your life in God. Your thoughts spin around in darkness, and the same dangerous thoughts come up, over and over again. But when you give all your burdens and worries to the Lord, heaven opens up.
In Revelation 4:1 (NRS) it is written, “… I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open.” And a voice said, “Come up here!” There everything is light with new thoughts – hopeful, thankful thoughts that have existed from before the world was made. Now these thoughts can come down into your heart and mind and give you a clear vision. “Look, there is your God!” Isaiah 40:9 (Norwegian translation).
When you see God, you realize how small you are and how small and unreasonable your problems are. Before you left all your worries with Him, worrying ate up your energy and motivation, but now a new energy fills you with a desire to get up and serve. You find you are no longer controlled and plagued by your own thoughts. The burden of being worried has been taken away in your own life, so that you can also help others to become free and bring comfort to suffering souls. Then your light will shine in the darkness, and you will be bright like sunshine at noon. (Isaiah 58:10, NCV.)
A good exhortation is written in the same verse: “… feed those who are hungry and take care of the needs of those who are troubled.” This is a powerful blow against worrying. God notices these things and will reward you.
Leave all your worries with Him: God can do the impossible
So let us exercise ourselves in godly fear – practice to leave all our worries with Him. This is, without a doubt, one of the most useful “spiritual sports” you can practice.
If God is so merciful that He throws all our sins into the depths of the sea, we should make use of this wonderful offer. Leave all your worries with Him! (1 Peter 5:7.) God can do things that, for us, are impossible. (Matthew 19:26.)