Matthew 6:25-34 Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry 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? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
There was a comic book character from Mad Magazine called Alfred E. Newman whose tag line is “What, me worry?” as if there was nothing to worry about. It also seemed to me he had a lack of caring and just went with things with no concern. That is not a way you really want to live. There are true concerns but you cannot be overwhelmed by them.
I took a friend to the airport this morning early. He told me he is an “anxious” flyer and did not sleep very well at all last night. Many of us are anxious about something, aren’t we? What is it that makes you worry? Is it really a concern or is your mind exaggerating the situation? When we let our minds race, they tend to go toward the negative. The accuser wants to distract you and lead you away from trusting God! Worry is a waste of the imagination.
When we worry, we show a lack of trust in God and His provision. Matthew 6:33 says we are to “seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto us.” If we trust in Him, we need only do our best in what He calls us to do and He will take care of the rest. We do need to do our part in following the direction of the Holy Spirit but we tend to think it is all our doing. The all surpassing power comes from God and not from us. We should seek Him and His kingdom and let His power work in and through us to accomplish the divine destiny He has in store for us.
Father, thank You that we can trust You! Help us not to worry but, rather look for the lesson You are trying to teach us. Remind us that You have a plan for our good. Remind us that we can trust you! In Jesus name we pray.