As the tuition bills begin to arrive and you realize just how much school is going to cost, you may have a lot of questions running through your mind. You're probably wondering how you and your parents will come up with the basics, not to mention the extras: Will I be able to go out to eat anymore? How will I pay for gas? Will I have to wait four years to buy any new clothes?
It's easy to let yourself get caught up in all the "what ifs," especially when they involve such a big price tag. But as you've probably learned from experience, this kind of thinking rarely gets you very far. It typically makes matters worse. So how can you put a stop to all these worries? Well, for starters, try reminding yourself of this promise: "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).
Maybe it would help for you to keep in mind that God is highly attuned to your needs. Didn't he create you? He knows you inside and out (see Psalm 139)—even better than you know yourself. What's more, he made the whole universe. If anyone can take care of you, he can!
Another thing to remember is that God won't do a half-way job in his care for you. Paul says God will take care of your needs "according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Wow! you might be thinking. Maybe that means I'll get that new car after all. Uhhh, not so fast. This is probably a good place to define "needs."
Have you ever gone to your mom or dad and told them how much you needed a new pair of jeans, when in reality you had six or seven pairs in the bottom of your closet that you just didn't like anymore? That's how we tend to be about a lot of things in life. But thankfully, God, just like a loving parent, doesn't allow us to have everything we think we need. He protects us from things that could possibly harm us and blesses us with gifts that will make us better people.
One incredible gift that comes from God's "glorious riches" is his grace. Here's what 2 Corinthians 9:8 says: "God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." God's grace that comes through belief in Christ is the richest treasure any of us can ever know. And through that grace, God promises to give us what we need to accomplish the work he gives us to do.
In a matter of months your "work" will be that of a college student. You may find yourself overwhelmed—not only by your finances but by the demands of studying and the ache of homesickness. But there's no reason to fear. Your heavenly Father knows your needs, and you can trust that he will meet them.