The money just keeps flying out of here. I can’t see any way out of my situation,” Chuck said, his voice full of worry and fear. Chuck was smack in the middle of his divorce, and the legal fees were piling up. Compounding his anxiety was the fact that he had a rather modest income. He had worked hard for years, scrimping and saving, to build a comfortable nest-egg for him and his family. Now that was all evaporating in a matter of months.
The word “divorce” comes from the same root word as “divide”; both mean to separate or force apart. That is exactly what divorce does to marriages, families, and finances. One of the top three fears of divorce is how to live on finances that are at a minimum cut in half. This fear can be suffocating.
Our Lord promised that we are never abandoned, even in times that seem hopeless. He knows that our nature is to be worried. This is why He reminds us over and over in Scripture to depend on Him and to not be afraid.
I referred Chuck to the following passage in the Gospel of Matthew hoping it would alleviate his fear and give him some hope. I pray it does the same for you!
“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 than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wildflowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” – Matthew 6:25-34
Originally posted 2018-03-01 00:30:41.
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