Derek Berry, pastor
Tabernacle Baptist Church, Hiram
Are you worried? Here in these verses Jesus teaches us about being worried.
The believer is not to worry about necessities, about food and drink, about body and clothing. The words "take no thought" mean do not worry; do not be anxious. Jesus is not suggesting that a man not prepare for life or that he be lazy, thoughtless, or with a no-care attitude.
We all have responsibilities and a person needs to look after them. You must work in order to eat. You must be diligent in looking after your affairs. In this text Jesus is talking about being preoccupied with the material possessions of life. Your mind shouldn’t be entangled with affairs of this life 2 Timothy 2:4 “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life…”
In the day that we live in, it is extremely hard to trust people. Most people do not answer the phone to a number they don’t know. Most people do not go to the door if they don’t know who’s knocking. But I can promise you this you can trust God. Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” – He hasn’t changed! Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” – He is the same forever!
Since we know we can Trust Him, shouldn’t we believe that He will care for us? The same God who created the heavens and earth is tell us don’t worry I am in full control. The same God who put the stars in their place and hung the moon is telling us I will take care of you. The same God who created all the birds is saying not only did I create them but I also feed them. They don’t grow there on food, God is saying I feed them and since I can do that don’t you think I can take care of your who I also created out of the dust of the ground.
We can trust in the fact that God knows everything! God is omniscience which means infinite knowledge. God knows what you do, what you say, and even what you think! Since God knows all that, don’t you think that God knows what you need?
If we put God’s will and God’s righteousness first in our lives, He will take care of everything else.
To seek “first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” means to turn to him first for help, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to take His character and pattern your life after it, and obey Him in every single thing.
Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; but worrying about tomorrow does not help either today or tomorrow. It can rob you of your performance today.
Let’s compare planning and worrying:
Planning is thinking ahead for steps you need to take, setting goals you want to hit, scheduling thing on your calendar, and trusting in God’s guidance.
Worrying is dominated by fear and find it not easy to sit back and trust God and will eventually will interfere with your personal relationship with God. Don’t let worrying about tomorrow or next week affect your relationship with Jesus right now.
The charge is clear. We are not to worry. We are to be consumed with God and people, not things. We are to seek God first and serve Him and our fellow man first and when we do this our plans will be transformed.
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