Do Not Worry; Why Not?

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes (Matthew 6:33-34 – The Message). Read more here

In the last devotional we saw how Jesus’ command for his followers not to worry is rather radical but fully grounded in our relationship with God. People worry either because they don’t take their relationship with God seriously or they have not fully considered the ramifications of knowing God as their Heavenly Father. God wants us to entrust Him with our lives and cares. This week we will look at why we should not worry.

  1. Because God is in charge of our lives. (25 “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 life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 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 much more valuable than they?)He gave us the most important—life and the body. He will therefore provide the secondary—food and clothing. This is so revealing because we tend to think that food and clothing is the most essential. Our confidence that God will take care of us is also to be found in our observation of his creation: the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. They are less significant to Him than we are (we have been created in his image), yet he takes care of them to the minutest detail. Therefore the reason we should not worry is because God is in charge of our lives.
  2. Because worrying doesn’t help us in anyway; it instead destroys us. (27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  Someone said, “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.”   That’s true friends. The Bible tells us that worrying does not help us in anyway.
  1. Because God is infinitely greater and more loving that anyone we can ever imagine. (30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them). God is our heavenly Father. He is unlike our earthly fathers who are limited in their love for us and their ability to provide for our needs; many of them are undependable. I love my children, I want them to have the best life possible, but I am limited. I don’t have enough resources to take care of their every need.  Yet God is infinitely greater and more loving that anyone we can ever imagine.

So, instead of worrying about things we cannot control, let us: Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.(Matthew 6:33-34 MSG)

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