No Worries

February 13, 2017

Matthew 6:25-34

“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? 26Look 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? 27Who 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. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If 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? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

No Worries

We have entered into what can be stressful times for many as the unemployment and foreclosure numbers increase with a struggling economy.  Even in good times there can always be reasons for worry and concern.  It is one thing to have someone say don’t worry about it and another when you’re in the midst of the fire.  

I remember when we were first married. The company that I was working for went into bankruptcy and I was laid off of work.  Sharon, in particular was stressing over the loss of the job and the Lord gave this scripture out of Matthew 6 to us.  

What is Jesus saying to us in this scripture?  Is He saying I just need to go through life singing “Que. Sera Sera” whatever will be will be?  He is not telling us to have a careless attitude, but again, not focusing upon the circumstances, but upon His promises and His kingdom.  Isn’t He telling us that if we are walking and living according to His will and purpose that He will see that our needs are met?  We don’t always know what form that will take or even how He will do it, but He does tell us, “Don’t worry”.  God is not one of anxiousness, but of rest.  Sometimes the hardest thing for us to do is lean back into the arms and love of Jesus and just rest.  Sometimes our nature is that I have to be doing something to solve this problem, but it is so often with our efforts and intellect that we seek the answers.  God’s ways are often so contrary to our flesh.  While the flesh wants to be doing, God is wanting us to be resting.  It doesn’t mean that we are not knocking, or seeking, or asking, but rest that God will open the doors that He has for you and don’t be anxious about it.  

The apostle Paul speaks a similar word in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Come to the Lord with all of your needs, but come with an attitude of thanksgiving, knowing that your needs are met already in Him.   Don’t allow your circumstances to rob your joy.  The circumstances will pass, but the Word of God and His promises stand forever.  2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” 

If you are in anxious times, quiet your soul, walk by the Spirit and enter into the rest of God.  Just fellowship with Him as He begins to give you new direction or meet the needs that are pressing upon you.  He often works in different ways than we might imagine, but then that is what makes Him uniquely God.   What can we lose that God is not able to restore in greater measure and abundance?  Our position and identity in life is not determined by the job or title or credentials that we hold, it should be determined by who we are in Christ.  Standing in the perfect will of God should be the only position that we seek.  In that place we can not fail.  

Blessings,

#kent

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