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The list of things I can worry about is long. Give me a whole day and it grows enormously.

My heavenly Father knows I need stuff. I must have faith. It is all about faith. Do I believe He loves me and has every good thing ready for me? Will He not do His best for me? I must be going after His Kingdom. I must seek the right standing He can bring to me. The other stuff will come.

Here are some things worry can do.

    • Damage my health.
    • Cause the object of my worry to consume my thoughts.
    • Disrupt my productivity.
    • Affect the way I treat others.
    • Reduce my ability to trust God.

May I pay attention to what He is doing now and not worry about what may or may not happen tomorrow!!!

Therefore, 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? Look 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? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 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. 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? 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.

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

English Standard Version. (2016). (Matthew 6:25–34). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

The principle about worry is expressed in the imperative, “Do not worry [the Greek is merimnao] about your life.” Sometimes merimnao expresses an appropriate feeling of intense concern and care for something, such as the Master’s work or someone’s welfare.

  • In this case we can render this word in English as “concern.” Concern is appropriate when it is directed toward right things, kept within bounds, and causes us to do our proper duty.
  • However, merimnao also expresses intense feelings of anxiety about issues of life, such as what to say when arrested for preaching the good news, about many less important things, or about the pressing daily matters of life.
  • Paul uses this meaning when he says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Phil. 4:6).
  • Worry is inappropriate or wrong when it is misdirected, is in wrong proportion, or indicates a lack of trust in God. It is this latter sense that Jesus addresses here.

Jesus then directs a question to his disciples that assumes an immediate answer and response: “Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” The implied natural answer should be, “Yes, of course my life and my body are more important than food and clothing!” And the natural response to the argument should be, “If God has given me life and a body, he certainly will give me food and clothing.”

But the poor had difficulty getting their eyes off such necessities, since it wasn’t always easy to supply them. Jesus is speaking to people familiar with life’s daily struggles.

  • Much of their daily routine was spent trying to get enough supplies for day-to-day existence.
  • The poor especially did not have extensive supplies, so that the question of what one would eat tomorrow was a real one, especially with the vagaries of seasonal famine, fire, or flood.
  • Jesus is forcing even the poorest among them to agree that they must focus on the more important issues of life.

For the poor, this is a radical challenge, because if they become unconcerned about supplying each day’s food and clothing, their families could be in immediate trouble. Jesus calls for them to live in the immediate challenge of daily trusting God’s care in everyday situations.

Good news: God is good and in a good mood. God loves us and knows what we need to survive. God will take care of us. Jesus promised us and Jesus will keep His word.