Do Not Be Anxious
25“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? 26 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? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 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? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 7:25-34, ESV.
Do you worry? Maybe you worry about a test you have to take, or getting your homework done, or what clothes to wear, or whether you will make the team, or get the job.
Life is full of worries. Many things press on us from all sides, each clamoring for our attention. The things of this world draw our focus and attention from God and His Christ. They are much less important than what He has in store for us. Those things that draw our attention from God lead us to trust in people and things instead of God. In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us comforting words about a Father who takes such good care of His creation that he provides food for the smallest of birds, and clothes the flowers in the fields. Jesus tells us that we are more important than they are, and if God shows such great care for the flowers and birds, how much more DOES He care for us? Yet too often we do not trust in God to care for us and we get in the way, rejecting the help we so desperately need. Yet He is always there, caring for us, and providing for our needs.
Click here to listen to Deaconess Pam Nielson from Concordia Publishing House discuss with Todd Wilken on Issues, Etc. how Jesus teaches us to trust God to provide for our physical and spiritual needs.