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Table of Contents
- God sets up events and purposes
- God will make sure we can handle the testing in our lives
- God is planning our destiny
- God will bring us to a place where we can help others
- God has the answer when we are powerless
- God plans times for us to connect with others
- God meets our needs at the right time
- God will lift us up
- God will bless our efforts
- God will give us words to say in difficult times
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.Matthew 6:34 NLT
The Bible teaches us a basic truth that many of us feel already in our daily lives: each day brings a set of worries along with it.
How do you typically handle your daily difficulties? When we feel anxious about our daily challenges, it’s easy to either race ahead relying on our strength and wear ourselves out, or retreat and procrastinate because we are afraid of feeling distress about these struggles.
Thankfully, God gives us a solution in the Scriptures: rely on him and trust in his power to help us at just the right time.
This is what the Lord says: “At just the right time, I will respond to you. On the day of salvation, I will help you. I will protect you and give you to the people as my covenant with them. Through you, I will reestablish the land of Israel and assign it to its own people again.”Isaiah 48:9 NLT
Trusting that God’s timing is always right can calm our anxious mind when we can’t see solutions to problems we’re facing or when we’re worried about the future. The Bible is full of scriptures that will build our faith to trust in God’s care for us and lead us to feel secure. Here are 10 verses to get you started.
God sets up events and purposes
There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven—2 a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 AMP
This passage teaches that God appoints everything under heaven. Sometimes we get anxious because we are impatient about something that we want to occur now, and are afraid it won’t happen. But God knows when we are ready for it to happen.
We can also be afraid of something difficult happening before we are ready, but God knows how to help us through the seasons of life. He knows who we need and what we need to be ready. He will supply us with both people and resources to help us.
We can both trust that God has a plan and purpose for our lives, and that he will make sure we can handle what life throws at us, as the next scripture explains.
God will make sure we can handle the testing in our lives
We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously.1 Corinthians 10:13 TPT
When we face trials, we can get upset and blame God and others. We can then decide not to trust anyone but ourselves. But relying only on ourselves creates great anxiety and stress.
This passage encourages us to be patient and believe that God is building our faith and maturity through the difficult experiences in life. Each test gives us the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with God by learning to trust him more.
As God helps us through our own difficult experiences, our faith will grow and we will naturally want to help others seek God through their own tests and trials.
God is planning our destiny
Yahweh, you alone are my inheritance. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion. You hold my destiny and its timing in your hands.Psalm 16:5 TPT
This Scripture shows us that God has thoughtfully created our destiny and knows exactly the right time for the intricacies of this destiny to happen. We can trust him with our destiny and its timing because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). We do not have to force our own way.
God will bring us to a place where we can help others
This was Mordecai’s reply to Esther: “Do you think you will escape there in the palace when all other Jews are killed? 14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, God will deliver the Jews from some other source, but you and your relatives will die; what’s more, who can say but that God has brought you into the palace for just such a time as this?”Esther 4:13-14 TLB
Often God’s timing for our experiences is not only for us, but for others. The book of Esther tells us a story of a young woman who became queen at just the right time to save her people. Her life had an incredible purpose.
Her story teaches us that we can trust God’s timing even through the difficulties of life because God will work through us to make an incredible impact if we let him.
God will put us in just the right place at the right time so that someone in need can be encouraged, comforted, strengthened, served, or loved by us. Learning to trust in God’s timing will help us look around for the needs of others that he wants to work through us to meet.
God has the answer when we are powerless
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.Romans 5:6 NLT
Sometimes we think that God will answer us or bless us when we have done something good for him to reward us. The challenge with this way of thinking is that when we believe we have not performed well, we fear we do not deserve to be loved by God. The Bible teaches that God’s care is not based on our accomplishments but rather on his love for us.
God plans times for us to connect with others
One day Ruth said to Naomi, “Perhaps I can go out into the fields of some kind man to glean the free grain behind his reapers.” And Naomi said, “All right, dear daughter. Go ahead.” 3 So she did. And as it happened, the field where she found herself belonged to Boaz, this relative of Naomi’s husband.Ruth 2:2-3 TLB
This passage shows that God orchestrates the people he wants to be in our lives to help us in our time of need. Ruth was a widow, and she was a foreigner in the land of Israel living with her widowed mother-in-law Naomi. As an outsider and a widow, she would have had reason to be anxious about her future.
But instead, Ruth chose to humble herself. She took a humble job, took her mother-in-law’s advice, and God provided for her. She found herself working for Boaz, who would eventually become her husband.
God took care of Ruth in her time of need by connecting her with Naomi and Boaz. Trusting that God will put people in our lives to take care of us in our time of need will help us calm our anxieties, because we know we don’t have to go through anything alone.
God meets our needs at the right time
You have captured our attention and the eyes of all look to you. You give what they hunger for at just the right time. 16 When you open your generous hand, it’s full of blessings, satisfying the longings of every living thing.Psalm 145:15-16 TPT
In a time of plenty, we often can forget about needing God or others. It is when we are desperate that we are reminded we have needs for satisfaction and love that only God can fill. In these moments, we learn to call out and ask God to help us.
Learning to rely on God daily leads to being secure, because we believe that God is meeting our daily needs.
God will lift us up
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.1 Peter 5:6-7 NLT
When we try to take care of ourselves, life will be stressful, because we have human weaknesses and limitations. We can’t control everything, and we can’t even really take care of ourselves in all the ways we want or need to, and this makes us anxious.
But God has mighty power, and isn’t limited by human weaknesses. He can take care of our needs continuously. He cares about us, and he wants to take all of our worries and cares.
When we choose to be humble and admit we need his help, God promises to lift us up. We don’t have to lift ourselves up by trying to make ourselves look or feel better. We can trust that God is able to move in our lives in ways we never could have on our own.
God will bless our efforts
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.Galatians 6:9 NLT
When we grow weary and tired, God tells us not to give up because he is always working to fulfill our lives with his blessings and love.
What are some “good” things you get tired of doing in your relationship with God or your relationships with others?
Sometimes, when we are stressed or afraid we get tired of doing good things like praying, trusting Scriptures, admitting our sins, and thinking of other people’s needs. But God promises that if we don’t give up we will reap a harvest of blessings from sowing seeds of “doing good.”
God will give us words to say in difficult times
You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me. 19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time.Matthew 10:18-19 NLT
Sometimes we get insecure and anxious about describing what we are feeling and thinking because we fear it will not come out clearly. God teaches us here not to worry and trust him to give us the right words to share with others at the right time.
God promises over and over again in the Scriptures to help us at just the right time. Worry and anxiety are emotions each of us experience on a daily basis. But God won’t leave us hanging. We can trust him and cling to Scriptures about his timing to calm our anxious minds.
- Which of the ten scriptures do you need to hold onto the most today?
- Talk to one or two friends about what you need help trusting God’s timing with, and decide together that you are going to let go of worry and trust God’s plan for your life.