Jesus Takes Worry Seriously – And Gives Us Powerful Truth To Fight It (Part 2)

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Jesus?wants you to overcome?the temptation to worry.

In Monday’s post?we looked at Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:25-27. ?Today we’ll look at verses 28 – 33

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. 30 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? (28-30)

Wild flowers, don?t ?toil or spin? – they do nothing to provide for themselves. Yet God is so lavish and overflowing that he clothes wild flowers with splendor and beauty that all Solomon?s royal seamstresses couldn?t imitate. Field flowers are ?grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven? – grass doesn?t last and is of little value. Yet God clothes ?grass? with incredible beauty. Will he not much more clothe you, whom he made in his own image, you who have an immortal soul? If God so lavish adorns wildflowers, will he not clothe his own children? What kind of mother would spend hours and hours working in her garden and then neglect to clothe her children? Why do we have such ?little faith??

Next Jesus says when we are anxious about our worldly provision, we think and act like Gentiles – unbelievers.

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. (31-33)

Gentiles worry because they have no guarantees of food and provision. Gentiles have no God to provide for them. But we have a heavenly Father who knows what we need, and cares deeply about us.

Now Jesus tells us where to focus our thoughts and energy: on the kingdom of God and his righteousness. These are we should seek first. Here?s what should occupy our thoughts and energy: loving and serving Jesus, seeking to obey his kingly rule, seeking to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel, by which God has declared us righteous.

Finally Jesus says each day has enough ?trouble? to keep us occupied.

?Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (34)

Tomorrow is going to happen one way or another anyway, and we can?t do a thing about it. So focus on today. Seek the kingdom today. Have faith; don?t be of little faith. Have faith that God who provides for sparrows and clothes wild flowers with splendor will be far more lavish with you as his child. Don?t think and act like Gentiles who have no God who loves and provides for them. Act like the child of your heavenly Father who knows your every single need and cares about you.

Don?t be anxious; trust your Father.

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.