DO NOT WORRY
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not the life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-27.
What person, in their lifetime, has not worried? Of course we all worry. Things go wrong; our children get sick, we run out of money, we lose our job, we have family problems – the list is endless. How could Jesus say, “Do not worry?” Didn’t He understand what it was like to have responsibilities?
Yes, Jesus knew about all these things. He may not have been married and have had children but He was the eldest son in the family. After His earthly father’s death, He was responsible to care for His mother and younger brothers and sisters. He worked hard in the carpenter’s shop to provide for them. Perhaps there were days, even weeks when He had no work. People who run their own business know what it’s like not to receive a salary at the end of the month.
On top of that, He lived in an occupied land where there were Roman soldiers everywhere. People were arrested and punished for all sorts of reasons. They had to pay heavy taxes to Rome for everything. There were tax collectors who not only collected taxes for Rome; they also demanded extra for themselves. Life was hard for the ordinary people.
And yet, in spite of all these difficulties, He still said, “Do not worry.” If He taught His disciples not to worry, it means that it applied to Him first of all. How was it possible for Jesus not to worry in His situation?
The difference between Jesus and the rest of His people was that He knew God as His heavenly Father. He knew that a father knows his children’s needs and cares for them. They don’t have to beg for every slice of bread they eat and every bit of clothing they wear. They don’t fret about where they will get their next meal or where they will live. They know that their father will take care of everything for them. Jesus knew His heavenly Father like that, and He wanted His disciples to know God like that as well.
Worry does not change our circumstances but it does change our attitudes. We cannot trust God and worry at the same time. When we worry, we are telling God that He is untrustworthy. How would you like to tell God that to His face? Would He be happy with you? When we worry we are in effect telling God that His promises are not true – that He is a liar! That’s even worse, isn’t it?
We may not be able to see God but He is real. Just look at the world around you. How did that happen? Everything we see is shouting out to us that God is real and that He loves us because He made the beautiful world with its bounty for us.
So, Jesus urges us, “Do not worry. You have a heavenly Father who loves you so much that He will take care of every need without your having to worry for one second.” Someone said that worry is like sitting in a rocking chair. No matter how much your rock the chair it will take you nowhere! Instead of worrying, praise Him because His promises will never fail.
King David said, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.” Psalm 37:25, 26.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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