“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?


And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:25-34 (NLT)


Jesus had a contrary perspective to the thinking in his day. Instead of telling people to create anxiety in their life by trying to make sure everything was perfect, He challenged them to a new way of thinking. Instead of worrying, trust God to meet your needs. He took a very simple example of the wildflowers to illustrate this point. Wildflowers are not planted nor watered by man. They grow in fields and beside roads. Yet, God sees and notices all the wildflowers. He notices the things people overlook, and He cares about His creation. Jesus’ admonition wasn’t just against worrying; He challenged their faith. Trusting God was the prescription to remove worry from their lives. God knew their needs, and He was able to meet them.

We live in a world where most people face ongoing anxieties. The number of people trying to cope with anxiety about things that may or may not happen is exponential. Worry has become such a standard part of our lives that we don’t even realize that it is poisoning our hearts. Yet, Jesus invites us into a different way of life. It’s simple and not complicated. We simply need to trust God instead of worrying our lives away. However, the simplicity of faith can cause our human hearts to want something more complicated. Worry complicates our lives, but faith diffuses our anxieties.  It’s impossible to walk in peace if we are constantly rehearsing the cares and concerns in our lives. We can’t allow our minds to dwell on difficulties and expect to walk in peace. We have to decide if we are more committed to the endless cycle of worry or if we are willing to replace those thoughts with faith to believe God to help us. You may worry yourself to a decision, but you won’t find peace there. It comes from believing God to do what we can’t do.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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