Why Worry?—You’re in God’s hands!
God loves you! He is your kind and loving heavenly Father who personally loves you, His own dear child, and you are in His hands. He has made this beautiful world as a home for you to live in and enjoy, and He has lovingly given you a wonderful body, mind, and heart with which to enjoy it.
Sad to say, some people have gotten the idea that God is some kind of monster who follows them around with a big stick, always ready to clobber them! But the Bible says that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). He is loving and forgiving, and the only reason He follows anyone around is in hopes that they will turn around to meet Him, so He can receive them in His open arms!
Others say they don’t believe in God because they can’t understand Him. Well, no one can ever really understand God. It’s impossible! He says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). But even though we don’t really understand Him, we can look at the beautiful world He has made—the trees, the flowers, the mountains, the sea, the sky—and feel His love in His wonderful creation.
You don’t have to understand God in order to love Him, any more than a little baby needs to understand everything about his mother and father in order to know their love. This is why Jesus said that you have to be like a little child to enter the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3). There are certain things that you just have to accept by faith.
Jesus also said that “God is a Spirit” (John 4:24). He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere-present. Even the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him (1 Kings 8:27). He is not confined to Earth or our solar system or the Milky Way galaxy or even the entire universe. He is all and in all—far beyond the limited mind of man and our human understanding!
But because He loves us and wanted to show us His love, He sent His own Son in the form of a man, Jesus Christ. Jesus was like a picture of God, “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15), to show us what God is like—and all He did was love. He talked about love and showed love and lived love, and finally, in love, laid down His life for us, to bring life, forgiveness, and eternal joy to all who would receive Him.
So if you feel that God is far from you, maybe it’s because you haven’t received His love. There is an empty place, which God created in each of our hearts, that only He can fill. Nothing else can truly satisfy. If you would like for Him to fill that empty spot in you, all you have to do is open your heart to Him. He will give you His love that will change your whole outlook on life.
This is one of the wonderful things about God’s love: When we know that God loves us, we know that everything in our lives is going to work out in the end because He will take care of us. This is faith, and it’s faith in His love that keeps out worry and fear. “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). Receiving God’s love into your heart is like turning on a light in a dark room—the darkness has to flee!
Then you won’t need to worry anymore. You’ll know your heavenly Father loves you and that you and yours—your future, your health, your family—are in His hands. “Do not worry about your life. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26). He will care for His own!
Do you have God’s love in your heart? If not, all you have to do is pray and ask Jesus to come into your life! He says, “Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in” (Revelation 3:20). He loves you and will come in right now if you will sincerely pray this prayer:
Jesus, please forgive me for all my sins. I believe that You are the Son of God and that You died for me. I now open the door of my heart and I ask You to come in and give me Your gift of eternal life. Then help me to love You and to love others with Your love. Amen.
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