by Cindie York
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Matthew chapter six was part of Christís Sermon on the Mount that He preached to people. In this particular passage of scripture, Christ is addressing the subject of worry.
Matthew 6:25 So I tell you, donít worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesnít life consist of more than food and clothing? (NLT)
Christ is telling us in this scripture to quit worrying over every thing. Do we have enough to wear? Do we have enough to eat and drink? He states, doesnít life have more than food and clothing? Not that food and raiment arenít important but Christ is wanting us to look at the big picture here. The most important thing that we should concern ourselves with is the condition of our souls. Have we repented, been baptized, and filled with His Spirit? Are we living according to His will? It says in the Bible, life is like a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow, the things of this world will some day pass away and what will truly matter is where we are going to spend eternity.
Christ knows of course that we need clothing to cover nakedness and to provide a source of warmth and protection to the body. He is very aware that it is important to have food and drink to maintain life. He is just stating donít worry if you have enough food and clothing. Enough is the point. We should be content with what we have, as long as our needs are being met. It is the amount of what we have that we need to think about. We need to concentrate on those who have nothing. Honestly, we do tend to be a little greedy and selfish at times. When is enough ever enough?
Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds. They donít need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. (NLT)
Christ is using the birds as an example of Godís provisions. He sees to it that the birds are taken care of. Not just the birds, but the animals of the fields, and the sea life. Think about that. God sends food for the little birds to eat. He provides drink for the animal in the wild. He doesnít forget these creations. If God doesnít forget any creature whether it be great or small, He will remember His children and provide for our needs.
Christ says that we are far more valuable than these are. God made us in His own likeness. He gave us a soul. He allows us to communicate with Him. He sent His only Son to die for us. He has adopted us as His own children. We serve a God who loves His people. God cares more for us than any other creature and wants us to realize that He will meet our every need.
Matthew 6:27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. (NLT)
Hello! I love this verse because I will admit to the fact that I worry about too many things. What good does it actually do to sit and dwell on any situation or circumstance that we really have no control over? It surely does not extend our lives. Worry does nothing to better the situation or improve the outcome. What worry does do is cause stress, and make one have physical and mental anguish.
Prayer is what will change the outcome of any circumstance and situation. Having faith in God to supply for our needs and take care of whatever problem we may be facing is what will add to our lives and not take away.
1 Peter 5:7 states give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. (NLT)
Worrying is really a great word for DOUBT. If we worry about something, we are actually doubting that God will provide or intervene. I believe worrying is unpleasing to the Lord.
I donít necessarily worry about food and clothing but I believe those were just the two examples used in this scripture. I worry about my job, my family, health, finances, and my church, to name a few. I worry about lots of things at some point or another. I have always been a ďworry wartĒ. I never really thought about what worry really is until I was studying this scripture. Finally a light has come on! I am not a worrier. I am a doubter. I donít want to be like Thomas, a disciple of Christ, who literally had to see everything before he would believe.
Hebrews 11:1 states Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Without faith, there is no hope.
Being doubtful and worrisome are true faithless acts. How can God allow us to be used for His glory or operate in His gifts if we canít trust Him with every aspect of our life- spiritual, mental, emotional, financial, emotional, and physical. He is a holistic God. He doesnít just provide for some needs but ALL needs. I tend to trust God in some areas and try to ďtake care ofĒ other areas myself - Big mistake, HUGE! We have to learn to let God be in control and leave the details to Him.
Matthew 6:28-29 And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They donít work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. (NLT)
Even the flowers of the fields are beautifully arrayed. They depend on God for nourishment. The flowers could not survive without God being in control. I love beautiful wild flowers. They seem to be the most beautiful, why? Because God created, nourished them, supplied for their needs and made them beautiful to gaze upon.
First of all we know God provides for the animals, the birds, etc. Now Christ is explaining that God provides for the flowers. Not just flowers but plants, trees, the grass, etc. Simple truth but a lot of times completely overlooked. We take God and all of His blessings for granted. Again we are more important than any other creature, because we are His children, his creation.
Matthew 6:30 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, wonít he more surely care for you? You have so little faith. (NLT)
Words to live by. If God loves and cares for flowers that are only here for a moment, that have no soul, that are not His children, just think of what He will supply for those who love and care for Him, who praise His name, those who glorify and honor Him, and those who serve Him.
We really possess such little faith. I could only imagine how disappointed God is when we show little faith in He who created us. I know how I feel when someone doubts my abilities or shows no faith in me or what I am capable of achieving. It hurts. It makes me feel somewhat worthless. I donít ever want my Heavenly Father to feel like I doubt His abilities.
As a mother, I take pride in providing for my child. I love to give, feed, clothe, nurture, love. I donít want my child to worry for anything. How much more will our God who has an infinite supply of blessings, that can meet every need, have the ability to provide for His children? I am sure He feels proud to provide for us, as any good parent would.
Matthew 6:31-33 So donít worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kindgom of God your primary concern. (NLT)
God knows your needs. He will give you all you need but there is something that is required of us. We have to live for Him. As a parent, I provide for my child, not that I donít care for other children but my child is my primary concern. Why would God be any different. He does care and love everyone, but His concern is for His children. That is one reason why it is so important to accept Christ as Lord and Savior and to ask for forgiveness. WE must live for our Father and focus on our relationship with Him. There are so many awesome reasons to serve God. It is Godís desire that all accept Him and serve Him. He wants everyone to have the opportunity for blessing and eternal life. But, if you donít accept Him, it is telling Him you donít love Him, or believe that He can provide for your needs. He will never force Himself on anyone.
Matthew 6:34 So donít worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Todayís trouble is enough for today. (NLT)
Donít worry and contemplate about the cares of tomorrow. Concentrate on today. Take one day at a time. We donít have even the promise of tomorrow. Live each day the best way you possibly can. Trust God to bring provisions and meet any need. Boldly approach the throne, believe Godís word is true and He will keep every promise written in His word.
So the next time the big ďWĒ starts creeping into your mind, rebuke that spirit of worry and doubt and tell the enemy-ďGOD LOVES ME, I AM HIS CHILD, and HE WILL SUPPLY FOR WHATEVER NEED THAT I HAVE.Ē We canít give worry any time to fester and grow in our thoughts. We cannot let it infect our way of thinking. We must show our Father, that we love Him and trust Him fully with every aspect of our lives.
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