For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people; That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.
It took time, and many things had to happen, but the promise was kept and the covenant was fulfilled. Abraham had gone out by faith so long ago with just a wife and no children, and Israel would return many years later a mighty nation just as God had said. God was faithful and He had blessed. And the end result of a long and challenging journey was this place of abundant fulfillment and satisfaction. It was a really good place to dwell with everything they needed. It was what He had specifically prepared for them, and in that place, their joy was full.
God made it easy for them to obey in that place because they had everything they needed. They were in a blessed place where all they had to do was stick to what He said and it would continue to be good and to go well for them. There was nothing to hinder their obedience. With those basic needs of food and water and shelter and land taken care of, they are free to turn their minds and hearts to God, to focus on that relationship, and to serve Him unhindered by other burdens.
And isn’t this what Jesus says to us, that we don’t have to worry about those things He knows we need? But then knowing that we are blessed by Him and that He takes care of us and provides for us, we are free to devote our whole attention and focus to Him. And when we keep seeking Him and obeying Him and following Him, we never lack anything we need. God has proven His faithfulness over and over again, so as long as we keep trusting Him, we never have to worry about any of those things.
Why is worry such a sin? Because it pulls our minds and thoughts away from God. It proves we aren’t trusting Him and taking Him at His Word. And with our attention and focus and thoughts consumed with these things of the world, we start pursuing those things instead of God. Maybe we abandon His righteous ways to seek something else we think we need. We become devoted to other pursuits instead of being devoted to God. And that takes us away from that place of blessing and contentment in Him. So let us trust God to supply. Let’s thank Him for all that He gives to us. Let’s rejoice in His goodness. And then let’s continue to seek Him, to obey Him, and to grow in Him since He’s given us all we need to do so.