Worry or Faith? (Matthew 6:34)

Matthew 6 34

Matthew 6:34 is found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus has covered topics such as the Beatitudes, prayer, and loving your enemies. This verse is actually the summary statement of a longer section about worry.
“That is why I [Jesus] 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 is reminding his disciples that in creation, the flowers and the birds don’t worry, so neither should we. He says that worry is something that fills the hearts and minds of those who do not know God, so those of us who do know God should not be consumed with such things.
In reality, it all comes down to perspective and faith. Do we have enough faith? Can we look around and see that God cares for creation, and therefore know that he cares for us as well?
Not surprisingly, the verse right before this passage on worry, specifically about our worldly possessions, also applies to worry: “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other” – Matthew 6:24 (NLT). You can choose to focus on worry or faith – you can’t focus on both. What, or rather Whom, you choose you to focus on and serve will determine your attitude when it comes to worry and faith. God’s got this – and he’s got you. Don’t ever forget it!

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