Scripture

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

 

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Reflection

I trust God, most of the time. Oh, I know I should trust God all the time. I know God is trustworthy.  I know that faith is all about trust in something bigger than me. But sometimes, I just think I know better. Other times, I feel like maybe God isn’t concerned with my concerns. And then sometimes, I just plain forget to turn my worries over to God. I'm grateful God isn't surprised by my worry. God gets me. Jesus addressed the issue of worry several times, because he knew the people of that time struggled with worry, just as we do. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shared instructions for how Christians should live and how faith should shape our behavior. He included worry as one of the topics.

Jesus told his followers not to worry about food or clothes because God would provide for their needs, just as God provides for the birds of the air. This promise of provision and care applies to all areas of our lives, including our problems and anxieties.

Jesus knew that we humans have difficulty with trust. Instead of trusting God, we waste the opportunities of today worrying about the possibilities of tomorrow. God wants to take our problems into God’s care, rather than let them become stumbling blocks in our faith.

It is helpful for me to remember that whatever it is that I care about, God cared for it first. As a mother, my kids can cause a lot of worry, but guess what - God cares about them more than I do. I worry about my role as a Pastor, but God cares about it more than I do. I worry about the church, the culture, the world. But God loves all of that so much more than I do. When I remember that I can’t out-worry God, it gives me peace. God’s love, care and provision are bigger than anything I worry about. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Prayer

God, I commit my way to you. I am ready to follow your call, no matter the direction. Guide me with your Spirit and give me courage to follow you closely. May I continue to grow in my trust and faith in you, oh Lord. You are my rock and my redeemer. Thank you for loving me so. Amen.