The father is anxious. He might lose his job during an impending downsizing at his job. If that happens, what then?
He has a family. Children with medical expenses. His "emergency fund" was nearly depleted following the latest emergency having to do with the family car.
Losing his job would mean losing his family's sole source of income, feeding into his growing credit debt to make ends meet. He could lose his home, his credit-worthiness, and his credibility. People would lose respect for him.
What will he do if he loses his job?
This is not an unrealistic scenario. It has happened to thousands of people and will happen to thousands more today and in the future. Companies outgrow their need for their current staff and it becomes necessary to cut some loose.
It could happen to anyone.
But the anxieties of the father are the result of the learned behavior of leaning on the importance of things of the world; however, as believers we should know that without God occupying the place of highest importance in our lives, these other things (career, family, and wealth) will slowly encroach into that place until God is no longer a factor. At that point, peace disappears and we struggle day in and day out to maintain the health of our career, family and wealth. When anything we treasure above God is threatened, we become anxious - worried about tomorrow.
At times of anxiety, remember what Jesus says in John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."
Jesus gave us his peace. He lives in us. We have his peace.
The peace of Christ is not dependent upon how well our career is going or how we are doing financially. We have his peace whether we are employed or unemployed, healthy or ill.
Some believers say to themselves, "If I have money in the bank, good health and a good job, then I'm okay."
For those who believe this, remember one thing: your good job and your fat bank account may one day disappear through circumstances, just like your good health; but the love of God will never, ever disappear.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:25-34:
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and 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 added to you.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
God wants us to be CAREFREE in our lives! He wants to provide for us and He wants us to live like we know it! And then ... He want us to show others through our own lives what it's like to be free!
Oswald Chambers wrote in My Utmost for His Highest:
Jesus sums up common-sense carefulness in a disciple as infidelity. If we have received the Spirit of God, He will press through and say – Now where does God come in in this relationship, in this mapped out holiday, in these new books? He always presses the point until we learn to make Him our first consideration. Whenever we put other things first, there is confusion.
"Take no thought . . ." don’t take the pressure of forethought upon yourself. It is not only wrong to worry, it is infidelity, because worrying means that we do not think that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never any thing else that worries us. Have you ever noticed what Jesus said would choke the word He puts in? The devil? No, the cares of this world. It is the little worries always. I will not trust where I cannot see, that is where infidelity begins. The only cure for infidelity is obedience to the Spirit.
The great word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon.
Today, think about what you trust in your life. Do you rely on the steadfast growth of your savings account? Do you count on your job and career being there for you until you retire? Do you hold your relationships with other people in higher regard than your relationship with your Heavenly Father?
Now think about this verse: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13).
Substitute the name of Christ with whatever you hold highest in your life, and then ask yourself how truthful the verse becomes.
Christ is the One who gives us strength. Not our jobs, finances, relationships, family, health, or careers.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. Psalm 118:8
Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Prov. 30:5
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalm 5:11