It has always fascinated me that Jesus gives us an express command twice in the sermon on the mount: “Do not worry” (Matthew 6:25,31). It’s as if he knew what our minds (and mouths!) would be tempted to do!
But he doesn’t just leave us with the command not to worry and no further help. He gently, plainly tells us why we don’t need to worry.
Why shouldn’t we worry?
Because God takes excellent care of the birds and grass – and we are much more valuable!
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? ~ Matthew 6:26
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ~ Matthew 6:28-29
Because it is utterly useless and accomplishes nothing
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? ~ Matthew 6:27
Can’t you see a gentle smile on his face as he says this?
Because God already knows our needs
For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. ~ Matthew 6:32
In fact, perhaps God sees more clearly what we truly need – and not just what we “think” we need.
Because worry is not my work – seeking God’s kingdom is!
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ~ Matthew 6:33
When I am consumed with worry, logically speaking, I cannot be consumed with seeking God and His kingdom!
Because each day has enough trouble of its own
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ~ Matthew 6:34
May we each let loose our worry for the past, for tomorrow – and live fully for Him in this moment.