DAY 22

March 25, 2017

 

Jesus finishes this part of the Sermon on the Mount by telling his disciples not to be worriers. 

Some you may be like... "Uh oh, He's talking to me."

 

In this passage, Jesus is specifically addressing our basic human needs. In particular He is addressing our needs for food, drink and clothing. He is calling us to completely trust in Him and not worry a single minute about where our provision will come from. 

 

Even though this passage is about our struggle with worrying, Jesus is really addressing something deeper than that, namely, our struggle with trusting.

 

REFLECT:

Matthew 6

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 than food, and the body more 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? 

27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers 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. 

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—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. 

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

Some people are so worried that they are completely paralyzed by their worry. On the other hand, there are people who don't give a care and therefore do nothing about their situation. 

Worry is a sin but so is apathy.

 

However, there’s a difference between concern and worry.

Concern is when you can do something to help a situation, so you do what you can do.

Worry is when you can’t do something, but you don’t want to leave it up to God.

 

The problem is when we can't do anything, we worry and work very hard because we are worried. Jesus is trying to say that there are some things that God doesn't want you to do. He wants you to simply trust Him to provide that for you. 

 

Then what are we supposed to do?

He said it: "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you."  WOW what a promise. Jesus is letting us know that what He wants from us is that we submit ourselves to His daily service--kingdom work--as well as striving our best to be holy as He is holy. If that is the priority of our lives, He will give us what we need to eat, drink, and wear. He will provide for us and care for us because we are living for Him. Does this make things easier for us? Not necessarily, but we have direction. We have to be and do what He wants and the rest is up to Him to provide. 

 

I feel there is a certain freedom that is available to us, a freedom that is based on our trust in God. When we sign up to be holy-kingdom-workers, the King will take care of all of our needs.

 

Worrying is imprisoning. Prioritizing God's kingdom and righteousness is freeing.

 

CONFESS:

My King,

I confess that I often feel that the providing is up to me.

I confess that I have felt the burden of my provision resting on my own shoulders.

I confess that I often confuse concern with worry and end up working toward providing and ignore kingdom work.

Help me Lord, to make your kingdom my priority. 

 

PRAY

Psalm 37

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
    or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
    like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
    do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

 

 

 

 

 

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