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Stop Your Worries And Trust God - by Babes Tan-Magkalas

I remember the time when I took the first step to trusting God. I was working in one of the coastal villages in the Philippines many years ago and I remember walking on my way home and noticing the beautiful sunset over a very calm sea. That spectacular view so touched my heart that I stopped for a while and said to myself, "Babes, surely God alone can create such an amazing scene. If He can do that, certainly HE can easily take good care of you."

I got to thinking afterwards about my relationships -- with my parents, my best friend and other significant people in my life, why I trust them and how I learned to trust them. It all boiled down to the fact that I KNOW them, I know their character and that is why I trust them. You see, trusting someone is closely related to knowing someone.

So to TRUST GOD, one has to KNOW GOD. How? Spend time with Him. That is how you got to know the people you trust, right? Find time to know God. Set up a regular time for prayer and reading the Bible and other spiritual books which teach you about Him. And remember what He has done for you in the past. I am sure you had survived personal crisis, went through and resolved a lot of problems not because of your own efforts alone but more so by the grace and love of God.

Note that your trust in God should be based on His character and love and not on specific outcomes you see and experience. There will be times in your life when trusting God may be difficult -- when you lose your job, when someone you love passed away, when the answer to your prayer is not what you expected etc. But it does not mean that God is not trustworthy. Look at these times as times when you need Him the most so hold on to God and know that He is with you and that He will see you through rough and difficult times. You will come out from this darkness into the light with your faith strengthened and with an even greater trust in your Creator.

I am not a Bible expert and I am certainly not one of those people who can recite verses from the Bible effortlessly. I must confess I know only 13 verses in the Bible by heart but believing the truth contained in these verses, works for me when it comes to completely trusting God. These verses are from:

Matthew 6:25-34
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 important than food, and the body more important 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies 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, O 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 10:29-31
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

So, there is really no need for stress and worry. God is in charge of our lives!

Babes Tan-Magkalas has two major passions in life: St. Joseph and prayer. Click here

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