My wife and I live in an Apartment. It’s a nice apartment with running water, solid walls and a roof, so I can’t complain. We’ve also made an offer to buy a home in Santa Rosa, but it’s contingent on the sale of our home in Washington, and that’s the snag, because it now been three months and no offers, even after adjusting the price twice, and that worries me. But then I got thinking.
I don’t own that home, and either does the bank. It’s all God’s—including the money that used to pay utilities, insurance, rent and mortgage on two places.
For a while I was stressing about the money matters. But then I got thinking. It’s not your money, stupid. It’s God’s. I’m just a manager and I can’t manage what I can’t control.
Then I thought about Jesus’ teaching on money and worry: “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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 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. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
I’m human, and I worry, but I’m also called to trust that Jesus knows what he’s talking about. God cares. God provides. My job is to seek first things first, and trust that God’s going to take care of the rest.