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Sunday, May 1, 2011

25Therefore 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? 26Look 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? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? — matthew 6:25-27

 

Worry about the future is a problem for many of us. Jesus knew it and He talked about it. His phrase in the Sermon on the Mount, “do not worry” is actually the idea in the Greek of, “stop worrying.” Many people in His audience were consumed with worry right then and there. Worry never goes out of style. 

            In Matthew 6:25, you’ll see Jesus’ first reason why worry chokes the life out of us:  because it takes our focus off what matters most. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor about your body.” What He’s saying is, stop worrying about life’s necessities. Jesus contradicts a very common assumption that what we eat and what we drink are the main things of life: “Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” In other words, the things that make or break a person’s life are much more significant than what you eat and what you wear. Worry causes us to focus on things that are not really that important.   

            I’ve never heard someone say, oh, I’m just so worried about my walk with God.  What if I’m not close to Him a year from now? Most often, what we worry about are the trivial things. The problem with worry is it takes our focus off what matters most. 

            Secondly, worry doesn’t change anything. Look at verse 27, “Which of you by worrying can add by being anxious a single hour to his span of life?” What Jesus is really saying here is, which of you by worrying can add 60 minutes to your timeline? In other words, hey, you’re not gonna live longer by worrying about it. The point is very obvious. Worry doesn’t change anything.  

Worry also sends the wrong message to God. Right now, God is looking into your heart, and when you worry, you tell God you don’t trust Him. God knows what you’re thinking, but even more importantly, He knows what you need!

            The opposite of worry is faith—believing the Word of God. It says I do matter to God. God is committed to me. Believe the Word of God and then act upon it, no matter how you feel, because God promises a good result. — James MacDonald

Journal:

  • Given what Jesus said, what should be most important in my life?
  • How does my answer square with Matthew 6:33? 

Prayer:

Father, You have given me so many reasons not to worry, but I know the main one is You. Reasons are something I can doubt, but You, I must trust! Thank You for knowing my needs and  meeting them. It shows how much You love me and gives me reason for faith and trust in You alone! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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