“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:25-34).
We need to be reminded of this text on a regular basis because we are prone to worry and anxiety. Worry is opposite and the enemy of faith. Worry brings with it unbelief that will eventually lead to spiritual weakness if left unchallenged.
Jesus encourages us to take no thought for our lives, yet we worry about how we are going to survive the so-called credit crunch, provide food for our tables and clothes for our back. If only we would take time to think things through and ask if God has ever left us without the things we need. How often have we been almost starved to death? When was the last time we walked the streets without shoes on our feet?
The illustration of the birds is a good one, for they do not plant seed in spring or take up a harvest in autumn. We have never yet found even a single bird sitting it a tree worrying about food, clothing or shelter. They do not worry because they take it for granted that all they need will be provided. The same is true with the flowers. They do not sit in front of a mirror for hours trying to pretty themselves up; instead God has made them beautiful. The simplest flower is better dressed that a monarch in all his finery. Why? Because God designed each petal. We are more important to the Lord than birds and flowers. God loves us and will give us all we need. “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” Psalm 37:25).
God our Father know exactly what we need. We may want many things, but while we may not always get what we want, we will get everything we need. In looking to the Lord we will find comfort and encouragement when discomforts come our way. The things that take us by surprise are no surprise to Him. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore” (Psalm 121).
When we forget to “Set [our] affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2), we quickly become faithless. If we do not believe that God provides for all of our needs and cares for us, then what message can we bring to those who do not know Him? We need to look to the Lord in all things. We need to seek His face. This means that we must put Him first in our lives. The most important thing in our lives is not our family, home or possessions; instead it is giving the Lord His rightful place.
We all fall into the trap of worrying about tomorrow or some other date in the calendar. It might be an important appointment, a medical operation or even anticipating a journey that makes us anxious. But what does worrying accomplish? Does it bring us strength for today or drain us of strength for tomorrow? The events of tomorrow might be terrifying, but we do not even know if we will live to see them. God wants us to look away from tomorrow and be encouraged by His presence today. God will still be on the Throne of Heaven tomorrow.
We need to stop worrying and leave everything in the capable hands of God. “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27). Why carry tomorrow’s burdens today. We have a choice; we can either lay awake at night worrying about every terrible thing that might happen to us in the future, or we can allow the Lord to reign in our lives. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:6-8).